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30 March 2017
| James Pearce
To promote better cyber security, regulations should be brought in line across the globe and apply to everyone.
That was the view of Pedro Pablo Perez,
Telefónica’s VP of global security, who was
a panellist on this year’s Capacity Latam panel on
Pablo Perez said that in some regions, including Latin
America, regulations around security were very complex for
local operators. Those rules, he added, should be applied
"Telefónica has invested heavily on security as part
of being a digital telco," he said. "Within Latin America we
are a little bit away from what happens in Europe.
"We have some regulations and guidelines around critical
infrastructure, but each country has a different regulations.
In Brazil we have some local regulations which are quite
complex for local operators. So we should take some measures
that assure the minimum of security but the same rules should
"Regional regulation for cyber security doesn’t
work. The same rules should apply to everyone, globally."
He was joined on the panel, which closed the two-day
conference, by Wellington Lordelo, verticals coordinator at
Equinix; Renato Moura, consumer business director at Kaspersky
Lab; and Hector Grynberg, regional security director (Latin
America) at Time Warner Inc.
Kaspersky’s Moura said that one key element to
improving data security is education and improving the
behaviour of employees.
He explained: "Our founder Eugene Kaspersky is concerned
with critical infrastructure and governments, education is the
most important factor. 32% of data leakage could be avoided
with education and the human factor, so we hope to improve this
culture to work to prevent this."
"The responsibility for security falls on everyone
– from the smallest employee right up to the CEO of
the company. There are malicious apps out there so we have to
be aware of threats, and the industry cannot deal with the
speed of the smaller apps out there. But the user does not know
they are malicious either."
Time Warner’s Grynberg agreed with this view,
explaining the value of good planning and preparation is a
preventative measure for cyber attacks.
"Good planning makes life easier for security," he said. "As
much as companies define the tolerance to risk, it is easier to
be protected and not suffer this kind of attack if
"It is not corrective actions, but investments in intense
training in how to avoid being victims of ransomware or similar
types of attacks. The investments in training will be reflected
by a lower amount of attacks on the company, but initiatives
going against any type of attack is always positive.