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Members of the public are invited to participate in activities for Cybersecurity Awareness month in October.

The month-long activities, under the theme, ‘Cybersecurity Awareness – Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT’, will include school tours from October 14 to 16; and roadshows in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on October 11 and Mandeville, Manchester, on October 25.

Attendees at the roadshows will receive tips on how to protect their personal data online.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank held on Thursday (September 26), Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said the theme highlights the importance of personal accountability and proactive behaviour in protecting digital privacy and recognising common cyberthreats.

“ ‘Own IT’ encourages updating privacy settings on devices and exercising responsible social media behaviour, while ‘Secure IT’ means securing electronic devices, and ‘Protect IT’ encourages small businesses to ensure that they protect the data they are in charge of,” she noted.

Other activities during the month include a Public Safety and Security Symposium and conferences and workshops for law-enforcement personnel focused on responsible use of social media as well as investigative practices.

Additionally, Jamaica will, for the first time, host a cybersecurity drill engaging managers and information technology (IT) personnel in the public sector and academia, simulating attacks and defence of critical IT infrastructure.

“This should result in participants gaining a better understanding of the techniques used by hackers and being able to develop more secure strategies,” Dr. Hewling said.

The events will enhance the country’s ability to detect and prepare to respond to the threat of cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is being observed by Ja-CIRT for the fourth year, involves collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Organization of American States (OAS), along with a number of private-sector entities such as C&W Jamaica; Symptai Consulting; Trend Micro and T-Tech Limited.

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