Incidence of Cyber-Crime are up by 66% over the Last 5 Years
Speaking at a cyber-security awareness seminar in the Bahamas, Dr. Raymond Wells Deputy Director of Information Technology (IT) for the National Insurance Board (NIB), was keen to point out that the human element remains the “weakest link” in cyber-security. He stated that local businesses need a more comprehensive and proactive set of security awareness programmes if the threats from cyber-crime are to be reduced.
He continued, “this is your weakest link in your organization, the human element. Social engineers know this and take advantage of it and IT professionals know it and remove the things users do to put the network at risk. Users go everywhere. Management knows it but I ask, why aren’t you budgeting for and mandating more security awareness training for the users of the company system? ”
“This is an everyday thing and every day new threats emerge so we need to stay abreast of emerging threats,” Wells said.
CANTO Supports Girls in ICT Day
On the 23rd of April, CANTO (Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organization ) in collaboration with Soroptimist International of Port of Spain (SIPoS) will facilitate a one day Girls in ICT Forum which will include a mobile application competition and exhibition. CANTO and SIPOS will host 175 students from the Bishop’s Centenary College based in Woodbrook, Trinidad & Tobago.
The programme will feature interactive speeches from successful women in ICT and women in the community who are using ICT to develop and promote their businesses. The mobile application competition, will offer students the opportunity to design an innovative mobile application which would benefit women and girls in ICTs. The exhibition will showcase ICT stakeholders and the latest products and technologies.
Digicel Joins St. Lucia IXP
Digicel signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to become the newest member of the Saint Lucia Internet Exchange (SLiX). Digicel joins its competitors FLOW and LIME, founding members of SLiX, in an initiative designed to improve the reliability of the Internet in St Lucia.
The three ISPs met last March at the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting to discuss the possibility of Digicel joining the local Internet exchange. That meeting ended with a unanimous vote, clearing the way for Saint Lucia to become the first Caribbean territory where Digicel is participating in a local IXP. With the three telecommunications companies peering at SLiX, their networks will interconnect directly, rather than through a third party in a foreign territory.
That translates to faster connectivity for customers, and lower operating costs to the Internet service providers, explained Christopher Roberts, Project Coordinator for the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) in Saint Lucia.