October 20, 2021 DeNexus and Rey Juan Carlos University Announce Research Partnership to address challenges with IT-OT Convergence for Cyber Risk Quantification

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DeNexus and the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) have announced a new research initiative for the development of scientific and technical activities. This collaboration will leverage the synergy generated between DeNexus cybersecurity experts with experienced URJC cybersecurity researchers at the university’s Cybersecurity Cluster.

“The collaboration with the prestigious cybersecurity research team at the URJC will accelerate the development of the next generation of our risk quantification models including IT-OT convergence scenarios for our industrial clients, so relevant as recent incidents have highlighted”  – said Jose Seara, Founder and CEO at DeNexus.

Together, DeNexus and URJC cybersecurity research teams will work to develop more comprehensive quantitative analysis methodology of risk associated with OT cybersecurity. This research, led by Marta Beltran, will address challenges associated with IT-OT convergence, risk dynamics, and context influence including geopolitical and financial environment.

“The Cybersecurity Cluster of the Rey Juan Carlos University has a long tradition of collaboration with startups and innovative companies, as technology transfer is one of its main missions. On this occasion we are starting an exciting collaboration with DeNexus that we hope will help operators of critical and industrial infrastructures to better understand their cyber risk and to be able to manage it in the most appropriate way in such a dynamic, changing and demanding context like the current one.” – said Marta Beltran, PhD

This recent research agreement highlights the growing demand for an improved understanding and management of cybersecurity risk across industries and nations.

About DeNexus:

DeNexus is the leading provider of cyber risk modeling for industrial organizations and global (re)insurers. Our platform empowers the industrial enterprise and risk underwriters to quantify cyber risk exposure on a continuous, self-adaptive basis using the world’s first evidence-based data analytics software and services. The DeRISK Platform from DeNexus is the world’s first self-adaptive, cloud-based platform that uses evidence-based data to predict where and how breaches are likely to occur, what their business impact will be and how to mitigate them. DeNexus is headquartered in the Bay Area of California, US, with R&D based in Madrid, Spain.

About the Cybersecurity Cluster

The Cybersecurity Cluster is a group of professors and researchers belonging to different departments, centers and schools at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain) collaborating in research, education, innovation, and knowledge & technology transfer in the fields of Cybersecurity and Privacy. The cluster was formally set up in 2016, since then its evolution and growth have been continuous until now, when it is composed of around 40 members including faculty, research staff and pre-doctoral researchers.

Marta Beltran Pardo is the Coordinator of the Cybersecurity Cluster

Marta Beltrán is an Electronic Engineer (UCM 2001), Bachelors’ in Physics, branch of Industrial Physics and Automatics (UNED 2003), PhD in Computer Science (URJC 2005) and Master in Performing Arts (URJC 2007), specialty in which she is currently pursuing her second PhD.

She is co-founder of the Cybersecurity Cluster of the university, which she represents in the RENIC (National Network of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research) and as a member of the CTN 320 of the UNE. She has been director of the Cybersecurity MOOC on the URJCx and MiriadaX platforms (four editions), and is currently director of the Cybersecurity Engineering Degree (the only one in Spain) and the Master in Cybersecurity and Privacy, both at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.