The Industrial Cybersecurity Center in Ecuador


Mary Carmen Vargas

Mary Vargas is Coordinator of the Center for Industrial Cybersecurity in Ecuador, Computer Engineer with a Mention in Communication Networks. Mary has an MBA in Business Administration; and, Diplomas in Computer Security, Internetworking Networks and Digital Transformation. She has worked in the Electricity Sector for more than 15 years, in the field of Information Technology, […]

Fernando Guerrero

Computer and systems engineer. With a Masters in Sciences in Germany, in the branch of Computational Engineering and a Masters in Arts, in Spain, in the branch of Strategic Management and Innovation Management. Fernando has worked for more than 14 years in the electrical sector, always in the branch of Cybersecurity. With extensive knowledge in […]

Claudio Caracciolo

He is Head of Platforms, Innovation and Talent. In addition to: General Coordinator for the Industrial Cybersecurity Center for LATAM (· Chief Data Officer (CDO) of Auravant. Specialist Consultant of Information Security passionate about Social Engineering, Industrial Cybersecurity and CarHacking. Lecturer in the Cybersecurity Strategy and Management Diploma at UCEMA. Professor in the Postgraduate Program […]

Mr. Fernando Guerrero, the Industrial Cibersecurity Center Coordinator in Ecuador (CCI Coordinators Team), helps us to get in context of the state of the industrial cybersecurity in his country, and to do so, he shares with us his impressions.

He describes the level of sensitivity of industrial organizations in his country according to the following percentages:

He also affirms that the trend of recent years has been a slight increase.

Ecuador counts with local and national public bodies promoting an adequate legal framework, in order to ensure the progressive incorporation of industrial cybersecurity measures in national presence companies (mainly critical infrastructure). The main organizations are:

  • Secretaria Nacional de Inteligencia
  • Ministerio de Telecomunicaciones
  • Agencia de Regulación y Control de Telecomunicaciones
  • Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas

Among the main national laws and regulations affecting in this context in Ecuador, Fernando Guerrero mentions:

  • Código Orgánico Integral Penal
  • Ley Orgánica de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información Pública
  • Ley de Seguridad Pública y del Estado
  • Esquema Gubernamental de Seguridad de Información
  • Ley de Comercio Electrónico, Firmas Electrónicas y Mensajes de Datos

Analysing the most widely adopted industrial cybersecurity measures by Ecuadorian organizations to protect industrial automation systems, Fernando Guerrero highlights the application of:

  • Industrial cybersecurity consulting / advisory
  • Implementation of safety management systems
  • Development of continuity and / or contingency plans
  • Conventional firewalls

The CCI Coordinator in Ecuador characterizes the industrial cybersecurity situation in his country with the following SWOT analysis:


  • Lack of operational technologies certifications, processes and professionals

  • Lack of specific industry cybersecurity legislation

  • Lack of events and forums on industrial cybersecurity

  • Lack of a solutions and services catalogue of industrial cybersecurity

  • Lack of specific CERTs


  • Public organizations driven force (industry, national issues and defence).


  • Application of IT security measures without discretion

  • Slow legislation

  • Shortage of local industrial cybersecurity professionals working for manufacturers

  • Shortage of specific industrial cybersecurity risk management tools


  • Increased of cibersecurity demand for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of things.

  • Advantage with the lessons learned from smart grid cibersecurity.

  • Strategic position in the industrial cyber security sector


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