Last Friday, our TechnoMag team participated in the in the first ever Information and Cyber Security Symposium hosted by SBS Consultants at Crowne Plaza Hotel in the capital city. The event was meant to raise awareness on the sharp increases in cyber crime across the globe and in Zimbabwe as well.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Through very insightful presentations from their CEO, Mr Isheunesu Sithole and Information Security Specialist, Fibion Chibengwa, the SBS team presented global trends on cyber attacks currently affecting organizations across the world.
The team even went an extra mile through live demonstrations on real time scenarios where cyber criminals such as hackers perform their unlawful data mining of information.
The presenters gave statistics from surveys done by some firms, showing how cyber attacks are on the increase globally; and shared knowledge of how users can go and see the number of cyber hits on websites which are reported on www.zone-h.org (and can even filter to see Zimbabwean
websites that are attacked)
Social engineering was explained as one of the modes used to attack companies. Fibion Chibengwa went on to perform a live example of website cloning as a way of harvesting credentials so that attendees have a full insight of how easy it can be for their companies to be hit by hackers.
Mr Isheunesu Sithole who was the second presenter spoke on the business impact of cyber security, and the risks posed to the business. Discussions took place where scenarios were given and attendees had the opportunity to speak on threats and vulnerabilities to the business and ways of going around
them, that is controls which can be put n place to mitigate such risks.
There was also a discussion of experiences in organizations and how we should go forward as a nation on the matter of information and cyber security, because the risk is there, the cyber war is real. The event concluded with all participants converging to share experiences on the cyber crime issues which yielded very constructive conversations.
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