The call was made on Friday 30th April 2021 at the NEXT BYTE Cyber Awareness 2021 event held at Ubumwe Grande Hotel bringing together ICT users from different local institutions to enlighten them on Cyber-attacks.
Speaking during the event, Yves Mutsinzi, the Managing Director of NEXT BYTE said that many people are unknowingly victims of cyber-attacks.
Cyber-attacks are reported to have increased in Rwanda during Coronavirus pandemic like the rest of the World, particularly in financial operation systems, individual’s accounts of social media and emails as well as WhatsApp.
Earlier this year, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) released a short video advising WhatsApp users to secure their accounts and warning them against revealing their passwords to anyone else.
“RIB got some challenges in investigating cyber-crimes. For instance, one steals swindles money from mobile money but we finally realize that the Sim card used is not registered to him/her. Then it becomes more difficult to identify the criminal;” said Kalisa Juma, the Director of Digital forensic Unit at RIB.
The event attended by Alfred Ntaganda, Information Security analyst at Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Jean Bonfils Tuyishimire, Director of Digital Information at Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board and co-founder of Africa Cybersecurity Consortium(ACC), as well as Maurice Kajangwe, Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Ministry of ICT and Innovation.
They shared experience in dealing with cyber threats to extend ICT users’ awareness.
“It’s difficult to convince someone with no idea about computer programming. […] You can detect at least 5,000 threats per month on a small website,” said Tuyishimire.
He advised ICT users to purchase systems that allow them to detect malwares.
Kajangwe explained that cyber threats increased during Coronavirus pandemic as many people shifted to online businesses and urged ICT users to should invest in Cyber security to ensure full protection.
ICT users have been advised to stand firm to prevent hackers through investment in cyber security and buy systems enabling them protect their devices against malicious attacks.
In the event two winners of the CTF(Capture The Flag) competition that took place a day before on 29th were awarded with training and exam vouchers of one of the most common certificates in Information security CEH, Certified Ethical Hacker form EC-COUNCIL were Next Byte is an Accredited Training Center
NEXT BYTE Training Center is a Rwanda-based company that provides professional training solutions to cyber security individuals, small, medium and large enterprises, performing VAPT (Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing) for institutions, developing business continuity, audit and certify institutions with the ISO27001 among others.