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ICT - Computer Security Day 2012

Date: November 30, 2012
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - Nov 30, 2012: Computer Security Day 2012, aiming to provide insight into the privacy and security issues surrounding electronically stored sensitive information, was launched this morning during a cyber security conference by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, at Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène.

Two Security Guidelines were also launched on that occasion.  The conference is bringing together Business Executives, Senior Management and Information Security Professionals.

Organised by CERT-MU (Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius), a division of the National Computer Board, the conference aims to enable the sharing of experiences between Information Security Professionals as well as favour a better understanding for them to safeguard their organisation’s most valuable asset-information.

Local and foreign speakers, from the Information Technology industry, are to discuss current challenges and future opportunities in cyber-security.  Topics being debated range from future trends in computer security, to understanding cyber-security, social networking, and new research in Domain Name System Security and securing systems and data.

In his speech, the ICT Minister, Mr Pillay Chedumbrum, said that it is crucial to see that all the measures are being taken to safeguard the interest of each citizen.  ‘We have to take at least the minimum precaution to protect our company, data and at the same time protect all users.  However, at times we pay very little attention to those safety measures.  Security must be the order of the day’, he stressed.

According to the Minister, protecting our critical information is an issue that Government deeply cares about and one that requires everyone’s attention as the country’s economic well-being depends on it.  Any technology can be turned to serve malicious purposes, he stated.  ‘We all face a number of risks when we go online and cyber threats can have very real consequences.  We need to be aware of the threat as well as of what we can do to protect ourselves’ added the Minister.

Other activities being held to mark Computer Security Day include: an exhibition to showcase the latest products on Computer Security and two professional Training programmes related to Information Security.

Computer Security Day is an annual event that is observed worldwide since 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues.

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