October Cybersecurity Awareness Month – 2021

The recent years have seen significant rise in cyberthreats across the globe with individuals and businesses of all tiers falling victims to the raging cyber attacks.

A report by PurpleSec indicates a 600% rise in cybercrime globally, largely contributed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which among many things has led to; Work from home policies and excessive spread of fake news. According to the Uganda Police Force, Criminal Investigation Department, the reported cases of losses attributed to cybercrime stood at approximately $4.5m for the year 2020

Experts agree that the number one weapon for combating cybercrime is education of the masses. The more informed the masses are about the impact of cybercrime and how it’s orchestrated the easier it becomes for organisations and individuals to protect themselves. Simply put, “We have to make the people our first line of defense”. This is why the October Cybersecurity Awareness Month was established.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004 as a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online. When Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) first began, the awareness efforts centered around advice like updating your antivirus software twice a year to mirror similar efforts around changing batteries in smoke alarms during daylight saving time among others. 

Today the initiative has been embraced globally with governments and private institutions across the World running various awareness activities aimed at disseminating knowledge about cyberthreats. 

Milima Security, Milima Cyber Academy and partners will be joining the rest of the World in conducting various cybersecurity awareness activities across Uganda and East Africa in order to create awareness of the raging impact of cyberthreats.

This document provides details of the scheduled activities, timelines and key participants.

THEME: MAKING PEOPLE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE

ACTIVITIES TIMELINE

WEEK #1: CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION & VIRTUAL REALITY

Human error continues to top the charts for biggest causes of data breaches in organisations. Organisations have continued to assign more priority to purchase of cyberdefense technologies at the expense of training the people factor and developing appropriate policies. This has led to the never ending data breach cases that we hear and see today.

During the first week of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we shall focus our discussions and related activities on cybersecurity education. Additionally, a special focus will be applied on use of emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality to improve learning experience.

Join The Virtual Reality Experiancial Training

On Thursday, 7th October, we shall host a group of selected professionals from the public to a fun morning of experiencing virtual reality at our office space in Kampala. Experience the power of virtual reality in building long lasting cybersecurity awareness training programs. To take part, click on the button below!


Milima Security - Hacking Contest

WEEK #2: WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY

Women are highly underrepresented in the field of cybersecurity. In 2018, women accounted for only 9% of the cybersecurity workforce. Of these, only 1% were in a senior information security role. 1 Internet security requires strategies beyond technical solutions. Women’s representation is important because women tend to offer viewpoints and perspectives that are different from men’s, and these underrepresented perspectives are critical in addressing cyber risks.
In the second week of CAM, we shall focus our discussions on Women participation in cybersecurity. In this week we shall dissect critical challenges and opportunities for women in cybersecurity.

Women In Cybersecurity Catch The Flag Contest

We are looking for Uganda’s most elite female ethical hacker. Join the contest by signing up below and stand a chance to win $500!

How Does It Work

  • Sign up as an individual or as a team of not more than 3.
  • Wait for our call to confirm your participation
  • Prepare to join the contest on the 21st October.
  • Only females will be considered for this contest.

WEEK #3: THE EVOLVING CYBERTHREAT LANDSCAPE

Cyber attacks have increased in their frequency of making headlines. As the attack surface evolves, attack techniques are equally evolving. The world has in recent months witnessed new variants of ransomware attacks, phishing attacks and other forms of malware which have led to significant losses in revenue for various organisations globally.

In the third week, we go hands-on with various attack techniques and defensive mechanisms.

Learn from the experts, get immersed in various attack and defensive skills in cybersecurity.

Catch The Flags Hacking Contest

Milima Security - Hacking Contest

In this episode of Catch The Flags, we are looking for Uganda’s best ethical hackers. Through the CTFs, you will be exposed to various challenges and only the best will solve the challenges. At the end of the day, you will walk away with a descent $500! Are you up for the challenge?

How Does It Work?

  • Sign up as an individual or as a team of not more than 3.
  • Wait for our call to confirm your participation
  • Prepare to join the contest on the 21st October.
  • Anyone can participate!

WEEK #4: DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY

The rise of cyberthreats and the questions around “who takes the blame” has taken center stage in recent years. There have been rising concerns around privacy, roles of organisations in data protection and the need for laws and regulations around data protection and privacy. How have governments responded?
In the last week of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we shall drill deep into discussions around data protection and privacy and the associated laws and regulations.