GIS – 30 November, 2017: A Technical Colloquium (TC) aimed at gauging and improving the preparedness in the identification, response, prevention and resolution of computer incidents within organisations, opened this morning at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles, in the context of Computer Security Day 2017.
The two-day event is organised by the Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius , CERT-MU, which is a division of the National Computer Board operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), USA.
In her opening address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Dr Rooba Yanembal Moorghen, recalled that the Ministry, in line with Government vision to have a secure and resilient cyberspace, has devised a Cybersecurity strategy in 2014 and a National Action Plan to implement cybersecurity projects as well as a Cybercrime Strategy in 2017. The Cybercrime Strategy provides an insight into the approach to combat cybercrime and a response through improved law enforcement capability, effective criminal justice framework and active international cooperation, she said.
According to Dr Moorghen, Mauritius recognises the threats caused by cybercrime and the necessity to prosecute criminals. While cybercrime evolves, new challenges emerge and there is a need to go beyond what is obtainable towards the existing legislations and explore means so that we can predict, prevent and even disrupt online criminal activities for an effective capacity-building programme, she said. On that score, it is also crucial for all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, industry operators and academia, to come together and discuss how best to implement strategies to address cybersecurity issues, she added.
For his part the representative of FIRST, Mr Darius Wiles, gave an introduction of his organisation, which is an association of incident response and security teams funded in 1989. He gave an overview of the Forum’s projects and initiatives. FIRST enables incident responders to engage with their peers and promote work with policymakers as well as delivers training with partners at events such as the present Technical Colloquium hosted in Mauritius, he pointed out.
The TC is focused on the theme Emerging Threats of the Cyberspace and its Countermeasures. Participants include Information Security Consultants/Analysts, Information Security Specialists, IT Managers, IT Executives, Network Engineers, System Administrators and Database Administrators.
The TC is made up of a full-day workshop on (30 November), and a one-day training programme (1st December). The workshop will cover the following topics: Mapping the Ransomware Landscape; Digital Forensics; Demystifying the Darknet; Virtual Currency and Cybercrime; Botnets – A Game changer in Cybersecurity Priorities Blockchain; and Data Loss Prevention.
An exhibition to showcase the latest security products and services is also being held.
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 promote best practices and sensitise public opinion on IT security.
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