Author: MNI Media & InVision Ltd | Date: 23 November 2017
The ICT week on the island of Montserrat has so far been moving along successfully, having started on November 19th. ICT week on the island aims to showcase a broad variety of activities and events under the theme “Green, Connected and Thriving – Automation & Cyber Security”.
Congratulations must be extended to the Acting Director of Strategic Management and Administration in the Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour (MCWEL) - Mrs Anne Thomas, as she was the main person responsible for the organisation of ICT Week within the Ministry, in collaboration with her other colleagues.
There are various components to ICT week that are taking place on Montserrat, however, with regards to the Cyber Security component of ICT week, the MCWEL is currently featuring several Cyber Security jingles being aired on the local radio station - ZJB Radio - in an effort to raise public awareness of Cyber Security best practices and advice.
Cyber Security losses are reported to cost the global economy around US$400 billion annually. Thus, the Caribbean and its developing states cannot afford to allow their citizens and businesses to fall behind in being ready and prepared for the very real cyber security threats that exist.
The production of these cyber security tips being aired on Radio Montserrat was a collaborative effort featuring well known persons from Montserrat, and from within the Diaspora working together. These persons include retired Nurse Cathy Buffonge, Member of Parliament The Honourable Dr Ingrid Buffonge, MNI Alive Media's CEO and Chief Editor Mr Jeevan Robinson. Also featured on the Cyber Security jingles are Cyber Security Engineer for InVision Ltd Montserrat, Mr Dwayne Cassell, former Science and Chemistry teacher at the Montserrat Secondary School Mrs Anne Cassell and popular ZJB Radio Announcer and Talk Show host Mr Basil Chambers.
The jingles were created through collaboration with the MCWEL, Mr Eddie Prince Duberry (music), Mr Sean Cassell of Rastacamp Studios UK (artiste + studio Engineer), and Mr Dwayne Cassell, Senior Network Engineer at Siemens/Atos UK.
Meanwhile, the Honorable Minister of Communications and Works, Energy and Labour, Mr. Paul Lewis, continues to make strong progress in his vision of creating a fully functioning Cyber Security Unit on Montserrat.
Some key aspects of this project include, creation of a Cyber Security Unit, capacity building in Cyber Security, creation of a Cyber Security Policy, a Cyber Security Strategy, and the updating of the legal framework on Montserrat to support Cyber Security litigation and liability.
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber Security consists of measures, processes and technologies that are so designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber crimes.
Why is Cyber Security critical to organizations?
Cyber risk now sits firmly at the top of the International agenda as high-profile breaches raise fears that cyber-attacks and other security failures could endanger the global economy. Good Cyber security practices are critical to organizations in order to mitigate the likelihood and impact of a Cybersecurity attack.
These attacks can result in the disruption of operations, commercial losses, public relations problems and the possibility of extortion. Cyber-attacks may also expose an organization to regulatory action, negligence claims, and the inability to meet contractual obligations resulting in the damaging loss of trust among customers and suppliers. These measures include the creation and implementation of a comprehensive Cyber Security policy which ensures that all employees and stakeholders of an organization adhere to the current best practices and international standards in the mitigation of Cyber Security Risk.
Listen to the full contingent of jingles for Cyber Securty Week on Montserrat Featured below:
Cyber Security Tip - Dwayne Cassell
Cyber Security Tip - Kathy Buffonge
Cyber Security Tip - Ann Cassell
Cyber Security Tip - Basil Chambers
Cyber Security Tip - Ingrid Buffonge
Cyber Security Tip - Jeevan Robinson