Jenny Gabriela Torres Olmedo

CEDIA is an alternative to the development of research and academia in Ecuador. Its processes are agile, which allows research to be unhindered by the excessive administrative processes that sometimes exist in academic institutions.

Jenny Torres

Analytical Data and Artificial Intelligence Applied to Cybersecurity Work Group

Briefly, tell us about your research work, which field you work in, and what the results of your research have been.

My PhD studies in France, were focused on the field of computer security, specifically in the management of identities. However, more broadly, my research work also focuses on network management, wireless networks, and open infrastructures. I was a visiting professor at the University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil and I was part of the Phare and NR2 research teams in France and Brazil respectively.
Additionally, I was also part of a CEPRA IX project in which we worked on the optimization of the RSA Algorithm to improve the performance and security in messages encrypted on the Web, and I am currently a collaborating researcher in a CEPRA XI project that deals with the measurement of air pollution.

As the National Research and Education Network of Ecuador, we are very interested in knowing how your participation in the Work Groups 2018 invite went.

From my experience in the proposal of the first Work Group, I can say that it is a very good initiative to carry out long-term work, during which time more value-added products can be proposed for research, especially since, during this time, we count on more universities and on a stable financing, which allows us to work without getting into problems with the administrative processes.

Additionally, as feedback to CEDIA, it should be noted that there is a lack of formal information, as well as a lack of information about the procedures and regulations that allow the participation of each of the universities. Additionally, communication from CEDIA should be strengthened beyond the information found on the web portal.

Tell us about your proposal presented in the 2018 Work Groups invite.

Our proposal consisted of forming a Work Group that deals with "Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Applied to Cybersecurity" due to the need currently faced by Higher Education Institutions (HEI), to counteract the various attacks of security that puts information at risk, the exposure of computer systems, the continuity of the service and the impact on the institutional image, also considering the new accreditation processes, which evaluate the information security management processes.
Under this premise, the work group proposes the analysis of data analytics methodologies and architectures applied in conjunction with decision support systems, which will allow HEIs to take actions based on institutional knowledge. The main objective is to strengthen the generation of knowledge in the use of data mining algorithms and learning machines by analyzing scenarios where they can be more applicable. Also, the objective is to propose a bigdata architecture and learning machine that can be used by the different HEIs without having to make a separate investment. For this, it is necessary to consider security control in organizations by using these new technological solutions, and to establish communication methods between the interested parties, collaborative processes between the organization’s security groups. Furthermore, there should be procedures for data collection, aggregation, and analysis, and for the management of strategic indicators in cybersecurity, taking into account the principles of personal privacy and information transparency.

Tell us about the expectations that you and your team have being part of the new CEDIA Work Groups.

My greatest expectation is to be able to unite a cooperative work group with a shared leadership into a team. However, it must be taken into account that there will always be initial challenges in the creation of an interdisciplinary research team, which includes the incorporation as a team, the work processes, and the administrative processes, among others. As a team there are also several expectations related to the ambitions and interests associated with the subject of research being presented, but the principal expectation is the success of this project. The repercussions and the great contribution that this will bring to the HEIs should also be taken into account.

Being an Ecuadorian researcher, how do you see the development of research in Ecuador?

Currently, it is a requirement that university professors not only teach, but that they simultaneously perform research. However, the boom in research in recent years continues to be limited by economic factors. That is to say, despite the support we receive from the very same HEIs, there are times when the issue of budget plays against the research.
With this I would like to highlight initiatives such as CEDIA, which have enabled the work of Ecuadorian researchers to be empowered, allowing it to break out of stagnation. Nowadays, there are more academic publications at a national level which allows us to visualize the work that is being done by each HEI.

How do you see yourself in the next five years?

Taking into account that the Work Group lasts three years, in five years I can see the sustainability plan in operation, but above all, I am sure I will have shared this project with a large number of HEIs, so that the existing security gaps and the lack of budget in several cases are superseded. Without a doubt, I will also propose another Work Group.

Before your participation, had you heard about CEDIA?

Yes, I had the opportunity to be a member of the academic committee of CEDIA from 2015 until February 2018. Additionally, I was part of two CEPRA projects.

What do you think about the organizations that support the development of research and academia in Ecuador?

Currently, apart from CEDIA I do not know of any organizations that contribute in the development of research and academia in Ecuador. Personally, I think CEDIA does an excellent job as it has strengthened the relationship between universities in the field of research.

Finally, could you send a message for researchers to participate in Red CEDIA invites?

CEDIA is an alternative to the development of research and academia in Ecuador, where processes are agile, which allows research to be freed from the excessive administrative processes that sometimes exist in academic institutions.