Acting Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has argued that specialized training is the key in the fight against cybercrime, which has become one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world.

The acting Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has closed the First Digital Security and Cyberintelligence Congress, which has been held since last Monday at the National Police School in Ávila.

A total of 4,000 people have participated in these training sessions in which they have had the interventions of more than 100 speakers to address the need to ensure security in the digital domain.

The congress, which has accounted for more than 125 training hours distributed in 70 technical workshops, 20 conferences, two "Capture the flag" competitions and a "Call for papers" contest, has become a national reference in cybersecurity and cyberintelligence, according to the opinion of the experts who have participated.

Increase in cybercrime

Ministry of InteriorGrande-Marlaska, who has been accompanied by the Director General of the Police, Francisco Pardo, and by the delegate of the Government in Castilla y León, Mercedes Martín, recalled during his speech that cybercrime is a priority in the global arena because " its growth in recent years is a reality that nobody questions ".

The Acting Minister of the Interior has announced that, in 2013, cybercrime was ranked tenth in criminal typologies, while at present it is already moving more money than drug trafficking and has become a of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world.

In addition, Grande-Marlaska stressed that specialized training is the key to success against cybercrime, "hence the importance, convenience and suitability of this first congress on digital security and cyberintelligence."

He has also argued that specialization, the transnationality of cybercrime and the strengthening of collaboration and research are the three fundamental challenges that must be addressed. "The final goal is clear, we need to coordinate more, exchange more information, collaborate more and continue to specialize, and enriching this final objective contributes, undoubtedly, to this conference," he said.

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