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Purdue professor working to stop cyber attacks

Purdue Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Santiago Torres-Arias is working to establish new solutions in cybersecurity, including the field of software supply chain.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 4:16 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2021 5:49 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Ransomware cyber attacks are continuing to affect businesses around the globe, but a Purdue expert is working to put a stop to it.

The most recent attack happened last weekend, and it affected companies by targeting their software vendor, Kaseya.

The hackers then demanded a ransom of $70 million.

Purdue Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Santiago Torres-Arias is working to establish new solutions in cyber security, including the field of software supply chain.

That helps businesses run product development, sourcing, production, and logistics.

He said hackers will search the weakest link in software and hack it.

"What I'm trying to get to now is to have more coverage," he said. "It is cliche, but it's real. The software supply chain is going to be its weakest, as weak as the weakest link and that's what the hackers are doing. So, we need to find those weak links."

Torres-Arias said another reason we're seeing this more often is due to a lack of regulations.

He said there is also a lack of a way to enforce those regulations.

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