Humans are the Weakest Link in cybersecurity, says EM Kiele

“Humans are without a doubt the weakest link in cybersecurity.” Executive Manger Cyber Security Ms. Georgina Kiele made this bold statement during the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Cyber Security in-house awareness campaign. 

Ms Kiele emphasized that, “no matter how good your technological defenses, such as a firewall, IPS, or IDS, are, a determined attacker can always get around them if they can persuade or bribe a member of your staff into giving them access.”

Cyber Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help the public learn more about the importance of cyber security.

Ms. Kiele initiated the presentation with examples of global cyber attacks and identified the different types of hacking that attackers use.

Following the presentation along Ms. Kiele was Manager Cybersecurity Mr. Hamilton Vagi, Senior Cybersecurity Analyst Mr. Norbert Wanit and Cyber Analyst Ms. Beverly Manoa.

With the theme: “Step up your cyber fitness” the presentation was based on how to uphold privacy, upscale back up and recovery, uplift data security, upsize password, upgrade to two-factor authentication and update apps and software.

According to Mr. Vagi, cyber security threats are real and so everyone should be mindful of how they use the internet.

He said it is very important to use our conscience mind and not click suspicious clinks to open up the gateway for hackers to attack.

DICT staff participated in the presentation through questions and answers for amazing Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON) merchandise.

The increased use of digital technologies inevitably increases PNG’s exposure to cyber security risks; thus DICT through the Cyber Security division teamed up with NICTA and PacSON in the global campaign to observe Cyber Security Awareness Month, promoting safer cybersecurity behaviors during the month of October.

[Pictures: Cyber Security In-House Workshop]


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