With the program ready to go, all that is missing is the students. With this in mind, professor José Tribolet challenges the nation’s companies to bring them in, because they are the first to benefit from reinforcing their positions in this field of expertise. “We are doing something essential for these companies, namely providing staff and quickly providing the country with capable professionals in this field”, emphasised the Professor. The Master’s program Information Security and Ciberspace Law, whose student body has been growing in numbers and diversity since its inception 4 years ago, is another of Técnico’s initiatives in the area. A partnership with the University of Lisbon school of Law Faculty at the and Escola Naval, it aims at providing training that is as specialised, multidisciplinary, and scientific as cybersecurity itself. “The goal is for students to have a transversal education in the areas of fundamentals in information security, handling of classified information, and then also the legal aspects of all these things”, added Professor Carlos Caeiro, a lecturer
at the Department of Mathematics and coordinator of the Master’s program. Evaluating the experience as “extremely positive”, Professor Carlos Caeiro reinforced that education is a commitment which should be made by all institutions, ideally at all staff levels. After all, as Professor Carlos Caeiro notes: one of the biggest risk factors in computer security is the user. This is an area where “Técnico will definitely continue to invest, “ the Professor at the Department of Mathematics emphasised. “Technical competence must exist, and if Técnico won’t promote it, who will? “ he asked rhetorically. Prof. Tribolet takes an alarmist stance, for he believes that is the right attitude. After all, “this is a serious matter,” he points out. “We will be attacked, similarly to what is happening in other countries. And what will we do then?”, he asks. •
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EN the states, since along with having the tools, one must also know how to use them. Do we have these human resources in Portugal? Professor José Tribolet said, “We have capable people, but it’s a laughable number when compared to our needs, and that scares me.” It was the awareness of this existing need that led Técnico to create “a comprehensive postgraduate training program of professional nature, aimed at providing highly advanced professional skills in the fields of active and passive cybersecurity for our organisations”, explained Professor José Tribolet, one of the main forces behind this idea. “We are preparing to be able to train a significant amount of professionals through an intensive program in higher level engineering”, explained the Professor. The course encompasses both theoretical and practical training, as well as experimental simulations of offensive and defensive engagements, throughout an intensive regimen, consisting of twelve modules, two of which take place each month. According to the Professor at Técnico, all domains of cybersecurity are examined during this course.
Revista do Instituto Superior Técnico. Edição de set/out de 2017.