Bad shape of the Portuguese State IT
Four years ago, Francisco Rente, IT security expert and Dognaedis CEO, coordinated a project developed by researchers of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University of Coimbra, concluded that at least one in each five IP addresses tested was vulnerable to attacks that put at risk the privacy, integrity and confidentiality of information. On a scale 0 to 10, the IT system security in the public sector got 4.1 points, and that is considered "dangerous".
The researchers did not return to repeat the study but Francisco Rente have no doubts:"If there was a new project, the score would have risen a little, maybe 5 in 10. The IT network security in the Portuguese State is now better, but still has weaknesses." Portugal stands in Western countries mid-table in terms of IT security.
Last month was created the National Cybersecurity Center, a reaction unit for cyber attacks. "It's something that a lot of European countries still don't have" states Francisco Rente. Some public administration networks such as water, gas or electricity have been the target for several attacks mainly in the past few years, some at large scale. The majority of the attacks (phishing schemes, virus and access denial) is not of public knowledge. Francisco Rente unveils that "these are confidential operations but for what I can say, the network (National Cybersecurity Center) has already avoided large scale attacks from the Anonymous organization". CSIRT Portuguese Network is a incident response collaboration network that integrates not only State organisms but also banks, the Armed Forces and mobile operators.
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