AI and cibersecurity: where and how do they join forces?

28 September 2023 | 09.50h to 11.00h

AI technologies applied to cybersecurity have helped to improve cyberthreat prevention, identification and mitigation operations and have become essential for cybersecurity analysts and operators.

This session shows how AI helps solve cybersecurity problems and addresses its limitations.



  • Letícia Gómez-Alarcón, Digital Catalonia Alliance Manager at i2CAT Foundation


  • Santiago Romeu, Head of the Science and Data Analytics Unit, Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia

  • Juan Caubet, Director of IT&OT Security Unit, Eurecat

  • Alex Imbernon, Cybersecurity manager and David Castellà, Data & AI manager, Softeng



Head of the Science and Data Analytics Unit, Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia

Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Cybersecurity Management by the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development (UPC School).

He accumulates his professional experience in deployment and exploitation projects of ICT infrastructures, services and systems, in both the public and private sectors, and is currently head of the Data Science and Analytics Unit of the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia and is a member of the Data Ethics Committee of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

AI breaks into cybersecurity: changing the rules

The year 2023 has witnessed the irruption of AI, in the cybersecurity landscape and elsewhere. Hand in hand with the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia, it will explore how AI is becoming a determining factor for protecting digital systems and technologies, but also for pushing cyberattacks to another level. The latest trends in the use of AI in cybersecurity, the challenges associated with this technological revolution, the range of opportunities arising and the ethical and legal implications will all be discussed.


Director of IT&OT Security Unit, Eurecat

Dr. Juan Caubet is the Director of the IT&OT Security Unit in Eurecat. He received his M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering and his Ph.D. in Information Security researching the security challenges of Identity Management for P2P networks at the Information Security Group (ISG) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He has been a visiting student at the Inria Nancy – Grand Est research centre in 2013. Between 2014 and 2017 he was professor of the master’s degree in Cybersecurity at La Salle University. From 2022 Juan is a member of the team of experts at the Industrial Cybersecurity Centre (CCI), I+D+I expert.

Cybersecurity challenges in increasingly complex and dynamic environments

With the advent of new disruptive technologies, information and production systems are evolving towards more complex and dynamic infrastructures. This evolution affects both communications and data collection as well as information processing and decision-making, causing the traditional security perimeter to be lost or blurred. This new scenario requires new security tools and solutions, more intelligent, more autonomous, more automatic, and above all, with an approach of distributed security, in the Fog, Edge and Cloud.


Cybersecurity manager, Softeng

With a trajectory of more than 10 years of experience, and a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from the IEBS Digital School, he has a high command of the technologies and solutions of security and Artificial Intelligence of the Microsoft cloud, with more than 20 official certifications Microsoft.
Currently, he leads Softeng’s Cybersecurity area and its modern CyberSOC together with a team of experts (Softeng-CSIRT), helping top-tier companies to protect all their digital assets. In addition, it is part of FIRST, the world’s leading organization in response to incidents, and regularly participates in events on awareness and innovation in cyber security.


Data & AI manager, Softeng

Air Navigation Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and expert in Data & AI, he has a solid knowledge of advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies, together with Microsoft 365, Dynamics and Power Platform, officially certified by Microsoft.
Currently, he leads Softeng’s Data & Artificial Intelligence area, accompanying companies with digital ambition to maximize the value of their data, as well as promoting innovation projects to identify the best use cases to take advantage of the full potential of generative artificial intelligence.

Smokeless AI: Real cybersecurity use cases maximizing the potential of AI

How can companies take advantage of AI in practical way to improve their cybersecurity? In this session we will show you how AI (in this case, Azure Open AI, from Microsoft), allows, depending on the characteristics of an incident and the imported events, to create recommendations that analysts must follow to be much more efficient in the investigation and the response, as well as in the reduction of false positives. In addition, we will reveal use cases that Softeng is already implementing to our clients using Azure Open AI with the appropriate security measures.



Digital Catalonia Alliance Manager at i2CAT Foundation

Specialized in advanced technologies and Smart Cities with over 8 years of experience leading technological projects and teams, I currently coordinate the Digital Catalonia Alliance at Fundació i2cat, an ecosystem of +500 members distributed across six technological communities: AI, Cybersecurity, Drones, NewSpace, IoT, and Blockchain. I’ve led Spanish energy association and spearheaded ground-breaking tech-environmental initiatives in New York City. With a strong commitment to customer-centric approaches by data analysis, I’ve guided more than 2,000 businesses to growth.