October is the International Cyber Security Awareness month. From 28 September 2020, the Department of Information Technology and Network (IT&N) will again run a week-long campaign to educate staff on cyber-attacks. Njabulo Xaba of the IT&N said almost 90% of data breaches are caused by human error resulting from lack of knowledge.
“This is the reason we still have the presentations to empower our staff. We need to close the gap; at the moment we define people as the weakest link when it comes to cyber security. The training of staff will be on-going as wrongdoers constantly look for new ways to steal information,” said Njabulo.
He added that the recently introduced Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act) will take centre stage during these presentations. “We have invited renowned industry specialists to create awareness around the use of personal information for both staff and students. We will also take a closer look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for more staff education on phishing scams, password management and impersonation attacks, especially for those working from home,” said Njabulo. This year’s programme will be run on Microsoft Teams to avoid creating a large gathering in line with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are urging all University staff members to attend these presentations so they can learn more on how to stay safe in the cyber space,” said Njabulo.