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Title: Towards a cyber security aware rural community
Authors: Grobler, M
Dlamini, Z
Ngobeni, S
Labuschagne, A
Keywords: Cyber security
South African rural communities
Information security
Cyber threats
Cyber crime
ISSA 2011
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Citation: Grobler, M, Dlamini, Z, Ngobeni, S, et al. 2011. Towards a cyber security aware rural community. Proceedings of the 2011 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA) Conference. Hayatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa 15 - 17 August 2011, pp 7
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;7070
Abstract: A large portion of the South African rural community only have intermittent access to computers and are not familiar, nor entirely comfortable, with the use of internet communication or electronic devices. The research conducted by the authors of this paper confirms that this lack of awareness, combined with the inherent dangers posed by the internet, expose local communities to cyber threats. Especially rural communities are not always empowered to deal with these threats. In an effort to prevent innocent internet users from becoming victims of cyber attacks, a cyber security awareness campaign is developed to educate novice internet and technology users with regard to basic cyber security. The motivation for this awareness project is to educate all South Africans on the safe use of the internet, in an attempt to strengthen the cyber security awareness level concerning the South African network. The hypothesis is that if there are local communities that are not properly educated, their technology devices may remain unprotected. This may leave the South African internet infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, posing a severe threat to national security and eventually affecting communities other than those directly involved. This research paper focuses on promoting cyber security awareness towards the newly released broadband capability and knowledge transfer within rural communities by means of a voluntary community based training program. This program can be adapted in any environment other than rural communities, but the current focus has been in the rural areas. The program takes on an informal work session approach with presentations and discussion sessions. The cyber security awareness program modules are divided into four main themes: physical security, malware and malware countermeasures, safe surfing and social aspects of cyber security. These themes are developed in such a way to cover a wide range of topics, including practical advice on phishing attack avoidance and more advanced topics such as preventing social engineering attacks. This paper will introduce the development of the cyber security awareness program, and emphasize the importance for including these specific themes at the hand of international cyber security incidents.
Description: Proceedings of the 2011 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA) Conference. Hayatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa 15 - 17 August 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5183
ISBN: 978-1-4577-1482-5
Appears in Collections:ICT in education, youth, gender
Information security
General science, engineering & technology

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