IT&N to roll out programmes as Cyber Security month begins

In health, as in Cyber Security, prevention is better than a cure. At Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), Cyber Security month (October) means yet another opportunity to educate staff and students on cyber threats and prevent intrusions.

Njabulo Xaba

The Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N) will soon be rolling out its plans to once again bring to the fore the importance of taking care of the network. The department has dedicated a week to do this. This week is called Cyber Security Awareness Week, which is themed “It is easy to stay safe online”. The Cyber Security Awareness Week will commence on 17 October 2022, and end on 28 October 2022.

Njabulo Xaba of the IT&N said the department will run a competition during this period to get staff to participate.

“We want staff to give us their time; they will learn from the presentations that will be made during this week. What we have been saying has not changed – that the end users are the weakest link,” said Xaba.

Xaba added that they were appealing to the end users, who are mostly staff and students, to work with IT&N in securing the network. Xaba reminded staff and students that it was cheaper to adhere to the steps recommended by experts than to deal with problems that emanate from cyber intrusions.

Xaba said IT&N would start rolling out the educational programme on 3 October 2022.