GIS– 30 November 2016: We have for long been gearing to make of Mauritius a strong ICT hub and to do that we need to have the right infrastructure for our cyberspace and this is what cybersecurity is about, said the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation (MTCI), Mr Etienne Sinatambou, this morning in Ebène Cyber Tower 1.
The Minister was speaking during a conference on IoT (Internet of Things) security organised in the context of Computer Security Day 2016. IoT is referred to as a global infrastructure for the information society enabling advanced services based on interconnection and latest technologies and regulating things for use in everyday life.
The aim is to provide insight into the privacy and security issues surrounding electronically stored information. On that occasion, the IT Security Unit of the MTCI issued a factsheet on Information Security Management Systems within the Civil Service which is expected to act as an additional barrier against cyberattacks.
In his address, Mr Sinatambou stated that it is important to observe the evolution of IoT in the world today. There are 5.5 million new things which are getting connected every single day this year and there are many cybersecurity risks which are associated with the development of IoT, he pointed out.
The Minister dwelt on the need to make sure that the cyberspace environment is actually safe and secured since it is expected that the IoT will connect 20 billion objects by the year 2020. He also appealed to IT and security professionals attending the cybersecurity conference to forward the lessons being learnt since it is important to educate young people who are going to be the main users of IoT.
Organised by CERT-MU (Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius), a division of the National Computer Board, the event aims to enable the sharing of experiences amongst participants as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies in the field of Information Security.
The full day cybersecurity conference will be led by both local and foreign resource persons from the Information Technology industry who will be discussing with participants the current challenges and future opportunities in the field of IoT security.
Two sessions are scheduled with presentations focusing on the following: IoT security – ongoing challenges; Privacy and IoT – the right equilibrium; and, IoT – Privacy and data governance; IoT – the Achilles Heel of cybersecurity.
Computer Security Day
Computer Security Day is an annual event that is observed worldwide since 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. It is designed to raise awareness and to promote best practices in Information Security.