The Economic Commission (ECA)’s Cybersecurity Week 2021 has kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will run for three days from September 7 – 9. This is an effort by the Information and Communications Technology Services Section (ICTSS) to promote the culture of information security at the ECA, and its compliance with UN-wide cyber security policies. The agenda for the cyber security week is to increase ECA staff security awareness, demonstrate ECA compliance requirements, and demonstrate ICTSS’ work in protecting ECA and its staff. Almoustapha Cisse, Chief of ICTSS, said different training sessions and activities have been organized and planned for ECA staff throughout the week and that staff are urged to either visit the Physical Booth at ECA or take the Virtual Booths option. There will be general cybersecurity training awareness to the staff and presentations from the ICTSS team on cyber security at workplace. Mr Cisse said the cyber security week will help you understand the risk of malware which include viruses, spyware and that every staff member within ECA is accountable for cybersecurity. It is estimated that about 80% of personal computers (PCs) in Africa are affected by viruses and malware. “Covid 19 has led to more cyber security risks as many individuals work at home sometimes on their computers and using their own routers, virus protection,” said Mr Cisse adding that the evolution of new technologies and rapid changes in workforce practices has resulted in one pf the greatest challenges for governments and organizations around the world. “Flurry of devices are moving rapidly from analog to digital, the phenomenon is a broad and complex terrain – the internet of things. Everyone needs to be aware of the risks of cybersecurity especially on data protection.” Citing one example where dozens of UN servers have been attacked, Mr Cisse said in July 2019, hackers broke into dozens of UN servers and stole staff records, health insurance, and commercial contract data were compromised. Nita Deerpalsing, Director of Publications, Conference&Knowledge Management Division (PCKMD), said at the opening that cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. It is important for everyone to learn protect our critical data that is core part of our work. Each one of us has a role of ensuring safe and secure use of the internet. She said UN core applications like Inspira, Umoja are available for access on internet and should be used responsibly. Collins Oduor of ICTSS, said hackers steal information and with remote working because of Covid 19, there has been an increased attempts in malware attacks, fishing attempts and the disclosure of critical information by staff members unknowingly which is cyber security risk. Training on cyber security awareness is updated all the time and so it is important to undergo the training regularly Everyone must take responsibility for your personal information and online privacy and take steps to help keep your devices and personal information safe. Also have tech safeguards in place when you go online.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Send us your press releases to email@example.com © Press Release 2021 Disclaimer: The contents of this press release was provided from an external third party provider. This website is not responsible for, and does not control, such external content. This content is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and has not been edited in any way. Neither this website nor our affiliates guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions expressed in this press release. The press release is provided for informational purposes only. The content does not provide tax, legal or investment advice or opinion regarding the suitability, value or profitability of any particular security, portfolio or investment strategy. Neither this website nor our affiliates shall be liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the content, or for any actions taken by you in reliance thereon. You expressly agree that your use of the information within this article is at your sole risk. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, this website, its parent company, its subsidiaries, its affiliates and the respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, advertisers, content providers and licensors will not be liable (jointly or severally) to you for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation, lost profits, lost savings and lost revenues, whether in negligence, tort, contract or any other theory of liability, even if the parties have been advised of the possibility or could have foreseen any such damages.