Raising Community Awareness on Cybersecurity - Cyber Sundays for Communities: AN IITPSA hosted IFIP 60 years Celebration Webinar, 17 October 2021
This Webinar forms part of the IFIP 60 years celebration that is taking place internationally. It is organised by the Technical Committee 9 RSA national representative and co-hosted by the RSA national member society to IFIP, the IITPSA. In addition to the celebration, this webinar aims to raise awareness at community and societal levels on cybersecurity and cyber crimes. It further aims to contribute to making community members and individuals safer and more secure cyber citizens.
Topic 1: Cybersecurity Culture
Can we learn from the ten commandments to guide our conduct and behavior in cyber space, and how do communities and ordinary citizens protect themselves from cyber threats faced on a daily basis?
Get the answers to these questions and more from the man who has been dedicating his efforts for a safer digital community for well over four decades.
Topic 2: Cryptocurrencies as facilitators of cybercrime towards communities and the general public
This topic aims to bring awareness towards the use of internet money/cryptocurrencies, and how cryptocurrencies are becoming enablers of cybercrime. The talk focuses on examples of how this has affected the general public, as well as acts put in place to fight against cybercrime.
Topic 3: Cybersecurity obligations for individuals, families, the nation and the globe
The obligation to protect ourselves against cyber threats and cyber crimes is not only confined to law enforcement authorities, but equally extends to individuals, families, nations and the rest of the globe. In South Africa, both the Cyber Crimes Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act impose obligations on individuals and entities to identify criminal acts and to report such to responsible authorities. The challenge facing communities and individuals is that cyber crimes are not easily identifiable. Zama has been working on cybersecurity awareness tailor-made to various sectors of society for over a decade. She will share with the audience on how to navigate some of these obligations.
IITPSA (Tony Parry)
Organizer and Moderator: Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka
Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and the current national RSA representative in IFIP General assembly. He is also the current Chairman of the South African National Committee for the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and he represents South Africa on Technical Committee 9 (TC9) (ICT and Society) of IFIP. Jackie is the founder of Siyabuswa Educational Improvement and Development Trust (SEIDET) and the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He completed the Executive National Security Programme (ENSP) at the South African National Defence College in 2007. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at the Nelson Mandela University and the Chairman of the CSIR Information and Cybersecurity Centre Advisory Panel. From January 2006 until 01 December 2019 when he became a Chief Researcher in Cybersecurity, he was a Competency Area Manager of Command, Control and Information Warfare at the CSIR. His research interests are in ICT and socio-economic development, web-based group support systems, broadband access, and national security.
Prof Rossouw Von Solms
Prof Rossouw von Solms is an Emeritus Professor and ex-Director of the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at the Nelson Mandela University. Rossouw has published more than two hundred and twenty peer-reviewed academic papers in journals and conferences proceedings, both internationally and nationally. His academic work has attracted more than 6500 citations to date. Most of these papers were published and presented in the field of Information and Cyber Security as well as IT Governance. Rossouw has been a rated researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for since 1995 and for the last four cycles rated in the B-category. He has also successfully supervised sixty-five postgraduate students to Master’s and PhD degrees and is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He received a Literati Award for Excellence in 1999, from the MCB University Press for a series of articles published in the journal Information Management & Computer Security on information security management. In 2001 he received an IFIP Silver Core Award from IFIP for outstanding services over a long period. In 2003 he was named as the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA), Eastern Cape Chapter, ICT Person of the Year. Conferred as a Fellow of the Institute for IT Professionals in South Africa (IITPSA) in 2016, he received a Lifetime Research Excellence Award in 2017 from the Nelson Mandela University and received a Distinguished Service in ICT Award from the IITPSA in 2019.
Sthembile Mthethwa is a senior researcher with a focus on distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, information security, cybersecurity and internet of things (IoT). She holds a MSc (Computer Science) from University of Fort Hare (2017). She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and is currently working within the Information and Cybersecurity Centre (ICSC) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Innocentia Zama Dlamini leads the Information Systems and Technology (IST) department at the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) in Durban, South Africa. She is responsible for provincial (KwaZulu Natal) IT research, infrastructure, emerging technologies, knowledge management, and information security. Ms. Dlamini has worked as a researcher and engineer in the areas of information security and digital forensics for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for eleven years. From her work experience, she grew a passion for information security and security of the critical information infrastructure. In the future, she intends to pursue her studies in contemporary diplomacy in internet governance and cyber security, focusing on developing countries.