In a year marked by the alarming increase in cyber attacks globally, Chile has been the victim of various incidents that reveal its worrying vulnerability in terms of digital security.
Institutions such as the Judiciary, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Consumer Service and the National Accreditation Commission have experienced violations in their infrastructureevidencing an alarming reality, as highlighted by Mario Micucci, Information Security researcher at ESET Latin America in an article for Ebiz Latam.
During the year 2022, cyber attacks increased worldwide, forcing States to take urgent measures to face these threats and mitigate their consequences.
According to the specialist, Chile did not escape this situation, suffering violations in several key entities. These attacks had as their main objective the kidnapping of data in order to demand a ransom, and if it was not paid, the data was leaked to the public.
The reported incidents demonstrate the vulnerability to which the equipment and systems used by the different public administration agencies of the Latin American country are exposed, which includes operating systems without the necessary updates for the robustness of the network under which they operate, as highlighted by the specialist.
This lack of investment in up-to-date technology has left the country vulnerable to cybercriminals, who constantly adapt security measures to evade detection.
In March 2023, there was a sharp increase in cyberattack attempts, which put digital security in Chile to the test. According to the Israel Computer Emergency Response Center (CERT), on that date, Chile, Mongolia, Georgia, Nepal and Indonesia were the countries most affected by cyberattacks.
It is estimated that global economic losses from attacks or attempted cyberattacks reach 6,000 million dollars, affecting mainly the education, health and government sectors.
In this context, the protection of Chile’s digital infrastructure and the security of its citizens require a comprehensive approach, which includes both investments in technology and a culture of cybersecurity rooted in society.
It is important to note that heMost cyber attacks are the result of human error. such as clicking links in unknown emails or browsing unsafe websites. These behaviors represent a significant cybersecurity challenge for businesses and critical infrastructures.
With an accelerated and unexpected digitalization process as a result of the COVID pandemic in 2020, the specialist highlights that this massive transition to remote work has opened new doors for cybercriminals, who quickly adapt to security updates and take advantage of vulnerabilities. present in these less controlled environments.
To counteract the weaknesses revealed in March, the southern country is taking firm steps in this area, as evidenced by the approval of the draft Framework Law on Cybersecurity, which will allow the creation of the National Cybersecurity Agency.
This agency will have the objective of advising the president on digital security issues and providing quick and effective responses to various incidents.
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