Tag: cybersecurity

Jamaica You’ve Been Pwned!
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Jamaica You’ve Been Pwned!

They say all publicity is good publicity. Recently, Jamaica was on the front page of the world news on multiple occasions, this time it was for the wrong reason. Due to few security vulnerabilities with their COVID app, we were the talk of the town. I won't go into the politics of how the Jamaican Government handled the matter, as the Tech Crunch did an excellent job documenting the sequence of events. Feel free to catch up here, here and here for details of how the country messed up not once, twice but three times. The public relations team muddied the water even more. Feel free to also find informal write up from Zack on Twitter. I do hope you get the picture of how serious this issue has been and the ramification to the Jamaican economy at large. But the purpose of this article i...
Secure NIDS or else …
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Secure NIDS or else …

For the government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation. Plus, the stakes are sky-high: Hacking public-sector information might imperil national security as well as citizens’ trust. Is our government up to the task? July 2015 - "The Office of Personnel Management in the US government said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people " Sept 2017 - "143 million compromised Social Security numbers. Attackers stole half the US population's Social Security numbers from Equifax" 2020 - Jamaica's entire population NIDS data hacked...???? Will this be our fate? Budgets towards cybersecurity Bank of America Corp. spent $400 milli...
Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology
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Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology

Government organizations across the globe are exploring the use of blockchain technology to improve operations. The ability to record transactions on distributed ledgers offers new approaches for governments to improve transparency, prevent fraud and establish trust. According to a recent survey conducted by IBM and the Economic Intelligence Unit, government interest in blockchain is high: 9 in 10 government organizations plan to invest in blockchain for use in financial transaction management, asset management, contract management and regulatory compliance by 2018. 7 in 10 government executives predict blockchain will significantly disrupt the area of contract management. 14 percent of government organizations expect to have blockchains in production and at scale in 2017...
SRC 2017 Science Fair applications extended to March 17, coming April 7
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SRC 2017 Science Fair applications extended to March 17, coming April 7

“[the objective of the Science fair] is to get students to put into action what (they) learn in the classroom, and also to emphasise the importance of invention and innovation to national development” Coordinator for science and technology education at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, speaking about the SRC 2017 Science Fair Science Fair lovers, your favourite competition now has a new date. Applications to enter the SRC (Scientific Research Council) 2017 Science Fair has been extended to March 17th 2017. The science fair will be held at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica on Old Hope Road, St Andrew, on April 7. The theme, “Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development” will see the competition displaying the scientific and technological skil...