Staff can com­pro­mise firms’ cy­ber se­cu­rity

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

TECH­NO­LOG­I­CALLY savvy em­ploy­ees are a good thing, un­less they bring their own tablets, smart­phones and lap­tops to work, and in­tro­duce viruses to work servers.

This com­pro­mises their em­ploy­ers’ cy­ber se­cu­rity, open­ing the door for cy­ber ter­ror­ism and cy­ber es­pi­onage, IT ex­perts say.

Cy­ber se­cu­rity was on the agenda this week when State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo spoke at a four-day State Se­cu­rity Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence in Pre­to­ria. Mahlobo said the depart­ment had ex­panded the tra­di­tional no­tions of se­cu­rity to ad­dress the non-tra­di­tional se­cu­rity threats that arise from the in­ter­net.

In­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism al­ways came up in dis­cus­sions on se­cu­rity.

“Cy­berspace has rev­o­lu­tionised the world and brought lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties, but it also poses some of the most com­plex chal­lenges the world has ever faced. We have seen man­i­fes­ta­tions of such things as cy­ber ter­ror­ism and cy­ber es­pi­onage.”

Danny My­burgh, a cy­ber foren­sics ex­pert and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cyanre, a com­puter foren­sics lab, said cy­ber threats were brought into com­pa­nies in­ten­tion­ally or un­in­ten­tion­ally by em­ploy­ees.

Work­ers who used their own de­vices at wifi hotspots, and con­nected com­pany lap­tops could cre­ate huge se­cu­rity prob­lems.

Mahlobo said South Africa was strength­en­ing its cy­ber se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with its SADC, AU and Brics part­ners. – Week­end Ar­gus Reporter

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