University network set to be more secure as staff get empowered

Njabulo Xaba

Today is the last day of Cyber Security Awareness Week presentations. Njabulo Xaba, IT Security Specialist at the Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N) said MUT staff have been attending the presentations in their numbers. “This is a clear indication that staff take security of our network seriously. We hope this will translate to a massive improvement in the protection of our data, and information. The presentations are meant to empower our staff,” said Njabulo.

The MUT Registrar, Mike Naidoo was very appreciative of this initiative. “As an institution we need to ensure we have systems in place to prevent cyber infiltration, and in this regard, we rely on the expertise of our IT personnel. Should there be a data breach then as per the Protection of Personnel Information Act (POPIA) we could be fined up to a R1 million,” said Mike. The Institution stores large volumes of personal data which belongs to all its stakeholders. The Registrar said that any breach in the security of the system would have disastrous results for the University.

Dr Manyane Makua, who is the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal this week, thanked staff for taking part in the initiative, and applauded IT&N for organizing the presentations, and for bringing experts with requisite knowledge and expertise. Dr Makua said that management had noted that the efforts of the IT&N had helped in bringing to the attention of everyone the risks and dangers in the cyber space that could cause damage on the University’s systems.

Throughout the week staff also got a chance to win prizes. Today one of those winners will walk away with the ultimate prizes.