The comic as a way to explain complex concepts of cybersecurity.
What opportunity areas are you covering with this final portfolio? (250 characters)
Hackers and Hacking, Surveillance, Digital Privacy + Encryption
Final Portfolio (1,500 characters)
This proposal is based on the concept that information is more valuable than money underestimating data such as: who I am, where I usually go, photos used in social networks, comments and email responses to unknown senders. A hacker can use personal information to access bank accounts, even to scam people. The comic tries to show in a funny way this situation of user vs hacker and how to try to protect our personal information.
The present illustration wishes to dismantle the idea that every hacker wants to steal information and money. There are many types of hacker and different reasons that drive them to act.
I intend to illustrate the fact that the encryption process allows us to protect our privacy, since without it we will be completely exposed, as naked from the world.
We think we are alone, however, with all the mobile devices and the technology that surrounds us every day, do we have enough privacy to be able to whisper a secret?
Security has been a subject of all humanity since time immemorial, the human being has wanted to protect himself and at times with the desire to protect he also wants to control. This illustration aims to expose the fact that cybersecurity problems is not a technological problem, but a human necessity.
Things have changed from ancient times to the present. In the Roman Empire the military army represented warriors of great physical capacity. Today things have changed, Hackers represent part of a country's military force to protect the nation, prevent espionage and keep cyber peace
In my work I wanted to use the resources of the comic to be able to narrate cybersecurity abtract concepts with a language of humor and comedy. This series of illustrations can be used in newspapers and magazines. They contain a very simple language (black and white illustrations) that are intended to be understandable to any audience. In the process of investigating the subject, I discovered that cybersecurity is not a problem of technology (personally I thought that internet security was a problem of lack of technology resources), from the ancient Romans, information and Military strategic plans maintained incredible value and keeping them safe was indispensable, and in the effort to save such information they created codes and encryption. In my illustrations I have tried to expose that the issue of privacy information and cybersecurity is a theme of humanity, of our instincts to protect ourselves and ensure a better future for ours. Who has the information has greater control and power of decision. On the other hand I also wanted to expose the concept that information has more value than money. Where we are, who we meet, what we say, what we think. Therefore, our privacy is a right and we as users of the technologies must be more informed in order to make wise use of them.
How would you summarize your final portfolio in 100 words or less? (650 characters)
As a graphic designer I used comic and humorous as a tool to explain complex concepts of cybersecurity to everybody. The topic of security and cybersecurity is a human need.
What was the most useful feedback that you received? (1,000 characters)
The mentorship call was really important. I received the feedback that cybersecurity is in a constant change, and the visual reference of "spy vs spy" was really helpful to finalize the first portfolio entry.
How have your concepts evolved since the Ideas Phase? (1,000 characters)
At the beginning I Had a simple idea (the personal information can have more value than money). This new process let me to develop this idea and go further. I think the challenge in my first entry was, how to explain that cybersecurity is in constant evolution? Also I drew about, how we see the hackers? there are many kind of hacker and many motivation of what they do. Also I boarded surveillance and personal privacy and encriptation topic I definitely think that my graphic feet improved in an incredible way. I am very satisfied with the graphic results that I have achieved.
How have you been able to incorporate technical accuracy into your concepts? (1000 characters)
One challenge in the contest and in the creation of the whole portfolio illustration was "which is the message I would like to expose?". Every moment I was thinking about it, because it helps to take the right direction.
How do your concepts expand the conversation on cybersecurity? (1000 characters)
I think that anyone can see these illustrations and generate in them the desire to study, to investigate about cybersecurity and to have a broader awareness of the great implications and responsibilities as users of the technologies.
If you were provided with additional time and resources, are there additional ways that you’d wish to reimagine the visual language of cybersecurity? (1,000 characters)
I think it would be extraordinary to have the possibility of working in a team of editors, researchers and cybersecurity experts to develop a series of comics linked to this topic.
What resources did you find most helpful? (optional, 1,000 characters)
All the resources provided by the contest, such as internet references, videos, as well as mentorship call helped to have a whole vision of the meaning of cybersecurity. I congratulate and thank all of you (Open ideo, Hewllet Foundation, Chelsea and Michael Martelle) for the resources you have made available, since they were effective from my point of view.