October – Cyber Security Awareness Month – JIS

Jamaica Information Service published an article written by Tomeica Gunn, on the27th of September 2019 entitled “October is Cybersecurity Awareness month”. Here’s a quick summary just for you.

This piece aims to highlight the activities which would take place during Cybersecurity month and extend an invitation to the public.

The theme selected was Cybersecurity Awareness – Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT. This was chosen as it shows the importance of accountability and proactive behaviour in protecting digital privacy and recognizing common cyber threats. As stated by Dr. Moniphia Hewling, Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT).

During this month activities include school tours and roadshows for the public. Along with Public safety and security symposiums, conferences, and workshops for law enforcement personnel.

Jamaica’s first every cybersecurity drill will also be executed during this time. The goal of this is to provide managers and IT personnel the simulation of a cyber-attack leading to a better understanding of measures used by hackers. This would ensure that they can mitigate these issues.

Reference: jis.gov.jm

Contributed by: Chanthea Quinland from Antigua and Barbuda. Chanthea is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at wiscaribbean.org. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.

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