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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Enhancing cyber security at university

VIGILANTISM: Duane Nicol from Mimecast explains the need for cyber security awareness training during a recent workshop held on the Bellville Campus. VIGILANTISM: Duane Nicol from Mimecast explains the need for cyber security awareness training during a recent workshop held on the Bellville Campus.

As part of CPUT’s cyber security awareness programme, the CTS Department held workshops to promote a culture of cyber security at the university.

The workshops, which were attended by staff members, were facilitated by Duane Nicol from Mimecast who explained the need for cyber security awareness training.

He said security incidents are skyrocketing and that there is a 42% probability of South Africa facing a data breach in two years’ time. Wikipedia defines this as a “a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so”.

Nicol warned users against having a dismissive attitude towards security as well as urged them to pay attention and learn the right thing to do in any situation.

CTS Department’s Information Security officer Alvino Moses says the department launched an email with a video alerting staffers to phishing following the workshops. Phishing refers to the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to scam individuals out of personal information such as bank passwords.

“There are a couple of these videos and we plan to release a video per month and observe if the participation rate increases so that in the end we can holistically determine whether we have successfully managed to educate our users and if they are becoming more resilient in terms of cyber security,” he said.

The programme consists of quarterly campaigns which are centred on common cyber security topics, such as password management, phishing and information protection.

Staff members receive an email with instructions on how to participate in the programme. The emails are sent via the cybersafe@cput.ac.za email address.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.