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LOVE AND CYBER SECURITY

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LOVE AND CYBER SECURITY

With the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), the European Union promotes awareness of threats and the culture of security among citizens. Exprivia, an international group specialized in Information and Communication Technology – with a strong presence in Southern Italy – , participates in the campaign by organizing the Apulia CyberSecurity Forum, placing the human factor and training at the center of its event.

In fact, we are all worried about software and hardware vulnerabilities, but the human element is the vulnerability that is most often used by attackers

The event is in its second edition and will once again be streamed on November 9-10-11-12, 2021.

During the four days, it will be possible to hear the experiences of industry specialists who will discuss security as intrinsic value, regulations, IoT, AI, zero trust and threat intelligence.

Within the agenda of the CyberSecurity Forum, during the second day, Wednesday 10 November 2021 (at 3:30 PM Italian time), there will be a double interview with our CEO Sofia Scozzari and her husband, Andrea Zapparoli Manzoni, Director of Crowdfense, a UAE-based company that deals with Vulnerability Research Management.

Both well-known and active for over fifteen years in the world of Cyber Security, they will tell us about their experiences, starting from their marriage survived to such a particular profession.

Thanks to the interview by Domenico Raguseo, Head of Digital Factory CyberSecurity Exprivia, various topics will also be explored including the present and future of Cybercrime and Cyber Security, to understand their trends, but also to anticipate the next evolutions.

Operating in two completely different sectors of Cyber Security, Andrea and Sofia can offer a different but complementary vision of this complex area.

Without forgetting the importance of the human factor, especially in the presence of cyber attacks that increase year by year, both in terms of the frequency and the criticality and complexity of criminal operations.

As Sofia likes to repeat, when we talk about cyber attacks we must in fact consider ourselves as if we were walking in a hive: sooner or later it is inevitable to be stung.

It is important to be aware of this and to be well prepared.

Don’t miss the double interview!

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WHY IT IS CONVENIENT TO WORK IN CYBER SECURITY

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WHY IT IS CONVENIENT TO WORK IN CYBER SECURITY

Cyber ​​attacks are always on the rise, and both the monthly frequency and the criticality are growing because cyber criminals are increasingly determined and precise in their operations.

The victims are the most disparate and no sector is now protected from cybercrime which uses different techniques to pursue the result by penetrating the targeted systems, obtaining data, information or infiltrating malicious software.

On the other hand, digital is increasingly widespread and we all rely every day on computers and smartphones (spoiler: smartphone is a computer!). This exposes us more and more to Cyber ​​risks and threats.

At this point Cybercrime is the main motivation of cyber attacks and more valuable than drugs market. If Cybercrime were a country, it would be the third largest economy in the world after the US and China.

In 2021 Cybercrime causes $6 trillion in damage globally and this figure is expected to increase.

It is therefore a priority to be aware of the situation around us, as well as to stay updated on Cyber ​​Security issues, whose purpose is in fact to protect assets, not only data or IT systems, but everything that has value and is important for companies and people.

In the case of pacemakers connected to the internet or electric cars, for example, we are also talking about human lives because every device connected to the network can potentially be violated.

So, if on the one hand, as we have seen, the value and importance of Cyber ​​Security are undeniable, on the other hand there is still a serious shortage of positions in this sector.

Globally, there are currently 3.5 million job vacancies in the IT security sector, 400,000 in Europe alone, 2 million in the Asia and Pacific regions.

The growth rate in this sector was 350% from 2013 to 2021, a figure never seen before.

And since 2011 the unemployment rate is 0%.

With these tempting premises, why are there no more Cyber ​​Security employees and young people find it hard to choose this course of study?

In part this certainly depends on the still erroneous perception of these functions.

Working in Cyber ​​Security is considered an exclusively technical occupation for which you need a special predisposition, or something reserved only for nerds. Nothing more wrong!

Technical activities are certainly needed, and in this case, the necessary hard skills can be learned.

Positions that are not necessarily technical are also needed to cover managerial, legal, marketing, sales and communication needs.

So, certainly technical skills are useful, but soft skills are equally fundamental: skills such as analytical and deductive reasoning, lateral thinking, predisposition to problem solving, attention to detail, the ability to work in a team and strong communication abilities are more important than you think.

Training it is also essential as well as a good (or better excellent) knowledge of English, curiosity and the desire to continue learning.

But it is above all by leaving your comfort zone that you grow more.

Good job!

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ETHICAL HACKERS, CYBER SECURITY E GEEK TALKS

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ETHICAL HACKERS, CYBER SECURITY E GEEK TALKS

Quella che è appena iniziata si presenta come una settimana ricca di eventi imperdibili.

Si inizia martedì 26 ottobre 2021 con:

“ETHICAL HACKERS E DOVE TROVARLI: DEMO LIVE DI UN CYBER ATTACCO E DISCUSSIONI FANTASTICHE SULLA CYBER SECURITY”

Con WOMEN FOR SECURITY parteciperemo a questo evento all’interno dell’INTERNET FESTIVAL (IF2021) e affronteremo il tema: chi è un Ethical Hacker, perché il suo ruolo è così importante e quali sono gli altri ruoli della Cyber Security.

La sessione si propone di spiegarlo partendo dalla demo live di un cyber attacco a cura di un Ethical Hacker, per mostrare come i cyber criminali riescono a violare i sistemi.

La demo mostrerà come i cyber criminali riescano ad ottenere l’accesso ai sistemi delle vittime e come sia possibile prendere il controllo di un dispositivo attraverso semplici tecniche di ingegneria sociale ed alcuni “tips and tricks” tecnici.

Approfondiremo quindi il funzionamento di un attacco Phishing, del perché venga utilizzato così di frequente dai cyber criminali e quali siano le tecniche che ne permettano un così alto tasso di successo.

A seguire ci sarà una tavola rotonda alla quale oltre alla nostra founder Sofia Scozzari parteciperanno anche Samanta Fumagalli e Carmen Palumbo. Temi caldi saranno la diffusione del Cybercrime, le esperienze e le figure della Cyber Security – che intervengono quotidianamente anche in ambiti non tecnici come quello Legale, del Marketing e delle Vendite.

Il target dell’evento online sono i ragazzi nella fascia 14-18.

Abbiamo al momento 17 classi di scuola superiore iscritte all’evento.

L’affluenza prevista è quindi di circa 250 studenti (alcuni connessi singolarmente, altre saranno classi connesse come Utente unico, utilizzando la LIM all’interno della classe).

Mercoledì 27 ottobre 2021 alle 18 ora italiana, Sofia Scozzari parteciperà al GeekTalk di Extraordy per parlare de “La Donna nell’IT”.

Nel 2019 le donne rappresentavano il 20% della forza lavoro globale nella Cyber Security (erano l’11% nel 2013).

Pare che entro il 2021 arriveremo al 25%.

In Italia, solo il 14% di donne è dipendente in ambito ICT. La media UE è del 17%, ed è purtroppo in calo da 10 anni.

Uno studio americano del 2020 dimostra invece che le donne sono il 29% della forza lavoro dell’IT in aumento rispetto agli anni precedenti (erano il 26% nel 2019).

Quindi, quanto meno a livello globale, la situazione sta migliorando, ma siamo ancora lontani dai numeri che ci aspetteremmo.

Eppure la disponibilità di posizioni nel settore IT è nota a tutti.

Il tasso di disoccupazione nella Cyber Security è dello 0% dal 2011.

Dal 2013 al 2021 le posizioni in ambito Cyber sono cresciute del 350% e sono previsti 3,5 milioni di posti di lavoro vacanti nel settore della Sicurezza Informatica a livello globale (erano 1 milione nel 2014).

Per quale motivo, nonostante queste premesse, le donne nell’IT e nella Cyber continuino ad essere in minoranza è un mistero.

Non esiste nessun impedimento fisico o alcuna selezione di genere.

Anzi, le donne con le loro caratteristiche uniche, sono dotate naturalmente di soft skills che sono molto utili nell’IT.

Il problema risiede forse nell’educazione, in quanto le donne si autoescludono dalle posizioni tecniche convinte fermamente (e a torto) di non averne la predisposizione.

È proprio sull’educazione che bisogna pensare gli interventi più radicali a mio parere, proponendo attività STEM fin da giovanissime ed andando ad intervenire anche sui giocattoli: meno Barbie e più Lego!

Insomma, l’IT non è un lavoro solo per Nerd!

Buon ascolto e buona visione a tutti, non mancate!

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