Mexican University Inaugurates National Cybersecurity Hub
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Mexican University Inaugurates National Cybersecurity Hub

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Pamela Benítez By Pamela Benítez | Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst - Wed, 11/17/2021 - 10:00

Institution Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey inaugurated the national Cybersecurity Hub headquartered in its Santa Fe Campus aimed to improve cybersecurity among stakeholders and develop skilled human capital through specialized laboratories and entrepreneurship networking areas.

The institute aims to provide support for associations that need protection for their strategic information networks through technological innovation programs, in addition to planning promotional events that raise awareness to cybersecurity issues.   

"We are convinced of creating solutions to protect sensitive and strategic information of organizations in this digital era, considering that just in a short period, cybersecurity has become an international benchmark. With a very prominent presence in Mexico and Latin America, this Cybersecurity Hub allows us to present ourselves as an open interactive collaborative multi-organizational working platform," said Manuel Zertuche, Dean of the School of Engineering and Sciences.

Inside the Cybersecurity Hub, incident response simulation practices involving specific scenarios will be available to test participants' technical leadership skills, since the university will develop trained human capital in cybersecurity. In addition, the institution is encouraging female talent through this initiative since only 10 percent of the cybersecurity sector is integrated by women.

The institution’s efforts to improve cybersecurity issues include the attraction of specialized talent, forefront technologies, key partnerships and strategies to create an integrated ecosystem with other universities, private sector leaders and governmental authorities.

“We have our own cybersecurity master's degree and the creation of internal and external links with the private sector to provide them with security. With public agencies, state and federal governments we seek to foster a better cybersecurity environment for Mexico," said Zertuche.

The key alliances that the institution already fosters are established with Santiago Gutiérrez from Cyber Risk Services in Deloitte Mexico and Central America, Victoria Beckman from Digital Crimes Unit Leader in Microsoft, David Taboada from Código Verde Tecnologías de Información, Yair Lelis from Cisco and Hernesto Torres from City Banamex. 

"Achieving a connection between industry and academia is what makes our Cybersecurity Hub a relevant platform for Mexico and Latin America," said Juan Pablo Murra, Dean of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, Tecnológico de Monterrey.

In other cybersecurity news, Experts at the 2021 ECHO Mexico Business Forum said Mexican companies need to act to prevent and control online fraud given the massive increase in reported fraud.

“The biggest challenge for Mexican companies is reaching the goal of having less than one percent of fraudulent transactions, as dictated by international guidelines,” said Erick McKinney, Country Manager México, Adyen.

Experts agreed that increasing cybersecurity in e-commerce transactions through tech development like machine learning and AI implementation to facilitate real-time decisions and track behavioral data will also aid companies to retain customers.

“If you have a high false decline rate, you lose a lot of potential lifetime customer value. About 58 percent of falsely declined customers do not come back and choose a competitor. Reputational damage can also be a problem as people are vocal about bad experiences and complain online,” said Victor Islas, Country Manager, ClearSale Mexico.

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