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  • Editorial: RAISA and IJISC – 5 Years in the Service of Cybersecurity Culture Dissemination


    Author(s): BACIVAROV, Ioan
    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1, Year 2017

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    “Cybersecurity must accommodate and address the needs of people through process and cultural change.” [1]

    1. Information security and cybercrime represent an area of global importance because the integration of information technology and communications infrastructure in the Internet is accompanied by risks of intrusion and information compromise.

    Nowadays Internet is the world’s largest collection of networks that reaches government institutes, commercial enterprises, universities, and research laboratories in all the countries. But along with easy access to information come new risks. The recent statistics demonstrated that the number of the attacks and the frauds on Internet is increasing fast [2].

    The most recent cybersecurity alert was a global one, and has – once again – drawn attention to the global importance of this issue and the need to take effective actions to counter cyber-attacks.

    Indeed, on May 2017, multiple companies and organizations around the world were hit by variations of a crypto-ransomware dubbed WannaCry / WannaCrypt / WanaCrypt0r / WCrypt / WCRY (generally called WannaCry for simplicity). The ransomware also acted as a worm and once it infects a system, it then self-propagates throughout the rest of the network. The ransomware campaign caused chaos due to its massive distribution, affecting more than 150 countries and infecting over 230,000 systems. Interestingly the attack was mounted on Friday 12th May 2017, just before the weekend, making it very difficult for companies and organizations to quickly react and resolve the crisis [3].

    This important cybersecurity alert – both in scale and in its consequences – is part of a long series of IT security-related events and, once again, demonstrates the importance of the cybersecurity problem both nationally and globally.

    Consequently, the necessity of strong cybersecurity measures is self-evident: the proliferation of cyber-attacks is causing increasing damage to companies, governments, and individuals.

    Hence the importance of the existence of associations and organizations involved in addressing the multiple security issues and, above all, in the development of a “cybersecurity culture”. In this context, the establishment of RAISA – 5 years ago – appears to be very beneficial.

    2. Indeed, 5 years ago, at the initiative of a group of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals to the IT security field from the EUROQUALROM laboratory of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest and from the Police Academy “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Bucharest was founded the Romanian Association for Information Security AssuranceRAISA, a professional, non-governmental, non-partisan political, nonprofit and public benefit association.

    The aim of the Romanian Association for Information Security Assurance was to promote and support the information security activities in compliance with applicable laws, and to create a community for the exchange of knowledge between specialists, academic and corporate environment in Romania, based on values as: (a) continuous investment in education; (b) openness to new methods to secure information; (c) involvement in combating the cybercrime phenomenon; (d) focus on facts; (e) concern for excellence.

    The vision of RAISA was to promote research and education in information security field, to contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and technology in this domain and to create a strong “cybersecurity culture” at national level.

    3. Cybersecurity involves several different technical and informational solutions that must be adopted and implemented to position an organization for the greatest chance of resiliency in a complex threat landscape. Technology is certainly necessary in addressing cyber-threats, but it cannot work independent of complementary factors such as policy guidelines, information sharing on threats, and user awareness [4].

    In the context of the recent global cyber-attacks, it is important to underline that while organizations continue to purchase and deploy technical controls, not much has been done to focus on the human side of cybersecurity – so named layer 8.

    The term layer 8 is often used by the IT professionals to refer to employees’ lack of awareness and a weak overall cybersecurity culture. Today, it is just as important to secure human assets – layer 8 – as it to secure layers 1 through 7 [5].

    Consequently, is of crucial importance for all the countries, professional organizations, and companies to consolidate a powerful “cybersecurity culture”. That’s why, one of the most important objectives of RAISA during this five years beginning period was to build a “cybersecurity culture” in Romania.

    Among the RAISA achievements aimed at implementing a culture of cybersecurity in our country, we can mention the following ones:

    4. Undoubtedly, one of the main achievements of the RAISA – the “crown pearl” of the association – is IJISC – the scientific journal that RAISA has decided to publish since 2012.

    IJISC – the International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime [6] is an international scientific peer-reviewed journal, aiming to bring together the latest high-level research and development in information security and the latest methods to prevent and to combat the cybercrime phenomenon.

    The Editorial Board of IJISC includes specialists in information security and cybercrime from academic police structures and university departments, their activity taking place under the close guidance of an International Scientific Board, composed of internationally recognized personalities from the academic field.

    In five years of existence, academics and researchers from 12 countries have chosen IJISC for the submission of their scientific papers and well-known professors and researchers from 12 countries have joined the IJISC International Scientific Board.

    IJISC has grown tremendously over the last five years, in terms of both its academic quality and its international visibility. At this moment, IJISC is indexed in several international databases for scientific journals, including the following ones: EBSCOhost; Index Copernicus International; CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library); Google Scholar; CrossRef; OCLC WorldCat; SCIPIO – Scientific Publishing & Information Online a.o. Permanent links to published papers are maintained by using the DOI – Digital Object Identifier system by CrossRef.

    The International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime – IJISC will carry its mission into the future, with the aims of enhancing the journal’s scientific level and global impact, continuing to provide readers with access to high-quality research, strengthening its digital publication capabilities, and ultimately becoming a top international journal in the field of cybersecurity.

    Acknowledgements

    At this anniversary moment, we extend our sincere thanks to all those who have been involved in these five years in RAISA‘s activities and have contributed decisively to their success: IT professionals, engineers, and PhD students in IT field, academics. A special mention for the RAISA Vice-President, Dr. I.C. Mihai, who participated in all the important activities of RAISA and IJISC and was one of the most active members of the association.

    Special thanks to all those who have supported the development and growth of the IJISC magazine, which has been transformed in 5 years into a recognized international scientific journal, included in major international databases: readers, authors, reviewers, Editors, members of the International Scientific Board.

     References:

    1. Gartner press release, June 6, 2016
    2. I.C. Bacivarov, Editorial, International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime – IJISC, vol.1 (2012), no.1, pp. 6-7.
    3. https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/info-notes/wannacry-ransomware-outburst (accessed June 1st, 2017).
    4. http://www.csoonline.com/article/2977014/security-awareness/cyber-security-culture-is-a-collective-effort.html (accessed June 1st, 2017).
    5. https://securityintelligence.com/building-a-cybersecurity-culture-around-layer-8 (accessed June 1st, 2017).
    6. https://www.ijisc.com/

    Additional Information

    Title: Editorial: RAISA and IJISC – 5 Years in the Service of Cybersecurity Culture Dissemination
    Author(s): BACIVAROV, Ioan
    Publication: International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime
    ISSN: 2285-9225, e-ISSN: 2286-0096
    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1, Year 2017
    Page Range: 9-12



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