Be care­ful with mo­bile trans­ac­tions – Dunn

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PER­SONS UTIL­IS­ING their cell phones to con­duct money trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing bank­ing, pay­ing bills and pur­chas­ing goods and ser­vices, are being urged to take greater pre­cau­tions.

Di­rec­tor of the Mona In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy Cen­tre at the Mona Cam­pus of the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Pro­fes­sor Hopeton Dunn, said per­sons us­ing the In­ter­net on mo­bile de­vices are less in­clined to take the pre­cau­tions nec­es­sary, com­pared to those who are work­ing on a per­sonal com­puter in an of­fice.

He said there is need to raise aware­ness of the po­ten­tial danger, as fail­ure to do so could re­sult in per­sons or com­pa­nies fall­ing vic­tim to In­ter­net hack­ing.

Pro­fes­sor Dunn, who is also di­rec­tor of the Caribbean In­sti­tute of Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, was addressing the open­ing of a two­day Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence at the re­gional head­quar­ters of the UWI on Mon­day.

He ex­pressed the hope that the con­fer­ence, which is in its fourth year of stag­ing, will in­form pub­lic pol­icy as it re­lates to cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

The event has in­flu­enced the cre­ation of the Cy­ber-In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team in the Min­istry of Sci­ence, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy and the move to es­tab­lish an In­ter­net Ex­change Point (IXP) fa­cil­ity.

The IXP will al­low for In­ter­net traf­fic to be routed within Ja­maica for pro­cess­ing, in­stead of through over­seas providers as cur­rently ob­tains, al­low­ing for faster and cheaper In­ter­net ac­cess.

Spon­sored by the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank (NCB), the con­fer­ence was held un­der the theme ‘Mo­bile Money, On­line Bank­ing and Cit­i­zen Aware­ness’.

The bank’s se­nior gen­eral man­ager for group op­er­a­tions and tech­nol­ogy, Howard Gor­don, said the con­fer­ence was being staged at a time when NCB is im­prov­ing its in­ter­nal on­line se­cu­rity us­ing so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy.

“The tech­nol­ogy is one of the most se­cure ... used glob­ally by banks and other en­ti­ties. This up­grade was ef­fected in an at­tempt to minimise and po­ten­tially stave off any form of dis­rup­tion that maybe lever­aged against our sys­tem,” he pointed out.

Hopeton Dunn

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