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The People Principle In Security

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In May 2020, the personal records of more than 24 million South Africans and nearly 794,000 companies were handed over to someone impersonating a client. The personal records, identity numbers, and addresses of millions of people and thousands of businesses were given to this person because they had fooled the system. It’s a hard lesson in how important it is to embed security not just into the technology and the devices of a company, but into its people. According to Anna Collard, SVP of Content Strategy and Evangelist, KnowBe4 Africa, security is not just the responsibility of IT, it is the responsibility of every single person in an organization.

“It is critical that organizations create a culture of security in order to combat this increasingly hostile security environment,” she adds. “A successful security culture is driven by leadership, the human resources (HR) department, internal marketing & communication, and ongoing security training. Truly agile and capable security is a people project, not a technology one.”

Successful security balances on three pillars: technology, policy, and people. The technology is the firewalls, the anti-virus, the ongoing alerts, and the endlessly evolving bouquets of solutions that are designed to give the business an edge in the war against cybercrime. The policy is what outlines the processes that people across all levels of the organization have to follow in order to ensure that the technology can do its job, that checks and balances are in place as well as to guide people on what they can and cannot do in the digital realm. People are the key to ensuring that both technology and policy actually work.

“This is why HR has to be involved with security,” says Collard. “It is fundamental to changing behavior within the organization and helping to build a culture that recognizes the importance and value of the security. It is, of course, also the disciplinary arm that enforces policy and that ensures there are consequences when people continue to break the rules or fall for phishing scams or perpetually do the wrong things.”

Whether the organization incentivizes or punishes – security has to have consequences. Employees must see that the executive is as tightly bound by the regulations as everyone else. And they need to understand exactly what these regulations are, why they are important, and the implications that failure can have on their jobs and the future of the organization. With data protection regulations such as South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in full effect, the cost of an avoidable mistake can result in hefty fines or even imprisonment for the directors of the company. A mistake that can be as simple as someone clicking on a phishing email, falling for a social engineering call, or unleashing a ransomware virus because they didn’t recognize the risk.

This is where good communication becomes as essential as good technology.

“The way we communicate, the content we use, and the way that it’s distributed can make such a difference in how an organization creates a strong security culture,” adds Collard. “It’s a blend of HR people practice, security good practice and marketing best practice. These three elements need to be pulled together to create a cohesive security ecosystem that ensures people truly understand that their actions can have serious consequences.”

This level of engagement can be achieved in multiple ways. Empower a person who interacts with the different stakeholders across the business and who has the right support from the executive and HR. This role will then be committed to ensuring that security culture is carried throughout the company by implementing the right training platforms, incentivization/punishment systems, and driving participation.

“Success will depend entirely on the level of stakeholder buy-in, the depth of the training, and a commitment to ensuring that the training is ongoing and measurable,” concludes Collard. “Security training has to be iterated and repeated constantly to ensure that people are always kept aware of its importance and any changes in attack vector or threat. Only by keeping security top of mind, all the time, can an organization truly embed a culture that’s capable of staying secure and alert.”

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Western Togoland Insurgencies: Group Attacks STC and Burnt Bus In Ho

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Western Togoland insurgencies are escalating beyond the control of the security agencies apparatus with all their accouterments to stand against unlawful abiding citizens.

Reports coming through to us confirm that a group of secessionists has attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC) in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, and caused damages.

According to the reports received, the rebels attacked on the STC bus and burnt it to the ground as they set it on fire.

It is also confirmed that the secessionists fired gunshots at the STC bus parking area.

The incident is reported to have occurred on Monday night.

Already, a total number of 31 of the group were arrested and processed to Accra Circuit Court on Monday 28 September 2020.

However, Honorable Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament of North Tongu claims the Separatists are not secessionists as claimed by the police and the Chiefs in the area.

Another group of Ghanaians also suggests those already arrested must be used as exapmple to deter the others from causing mor mayhem.

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YEA Dir, Survive An Accident And Advises Drivers & Passengers To Wear Seat Belts

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Asunafo North YEA Dir, Survive An Accident And Advises Drivers & Passengers To Wear Seat Belts

The Director for Youth Employment agency of the Asunafo North Constituency in the Ahafo Region, who doubles as NPP assistant secretary for the above Constituency, Patrick Ayemah popularly known as “Patoo” in the political landscape postulated firmly to the media.

Mr Patrick Ayemah involved in a lorry accident on Saturday. 26th September 2020. He attended some special programmes at Tepa in the Ashanti Region.

According to his narration, when he set off from Tepa to Goaso, while he was in charge of the steering wheel, after passing through Maban and some other Communities, the car with registration number, AO 194-15 totally somersaulted.

Mr Ayemah recounted how he suddenly lost control on the steering wheel and the car slipped off the road without stopping and started rolling. e felt into a dilemma because he was so helpless at that very moment.

He further explained that when his car started somersaulting, it swerved into the next lane, almost hitting another vehicle. Seeing that the car was about to smash into another vehicle in the far lane, he grabbed the steering wheel back and pulled it towards another side.

He ended up losing total control of the car. All of a sudden, he was off from the main road and on the grass, headed down completely while the Tyres were suspended in the air.

Mr Patrick Ayemah stated emphatically that the Almighty God safe him from this deadly accident and the seat belt also contributed a lot in his survival. He added that, when the car turned upside down, he was still wearing the seat belt which helped him in some way of reducing the magnitude of injuries.

The survived victim has called on all drivers and passengers to put on seat belts whenever they are travelling, irrespective of the distance because, an accident is unpredictable.

Patoo extended advise to the various road safety agencies to intensify education on the need to wear a seat belt.

He charged the media to also continue with their road safety Campaign. He expressed his recondite heartfelt appreciation to all friends and loved ones who have shown him, real love.

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Orange Improves Access To Mobile Internet In Africa Supported By Google

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The affordability of devices remains one of the most significant barriers to smartphone adoption in Africa. The average cost of an entry-level smartphone in Africa still exceeds 60% of average monthly income making smartphones largely inaccessible for the majority of the population. As part of the line-up of activities for the GSMA Thrive Africa 2020, Orange announced the Sanza touch – an exclusive Orange smartphone and the most affordable 4G Android (Go edition) device globally. This exciting new launch is supported by Google and builds upon efforts since the launch of Android (Go edition) in 2018 to accelerate the pace of digital adoption across the continent. The device will retail around 30 US$ and the ultra-affordable price point is intended to make it the most accessible on the market with the goal of driving digital inclusion and providing more people access to mobile internet.

The Sanza touch is an accessible alternative for everyone due to its price point and features including the Payjoy application, which allows customers to overcome budget issues by paying for their smartphone over several installments (depending on availability in their country).

This 4G Android (Go edition) smartphone has a 4” screen, 8GB memory, and a 1750mAh battery, offering over 4 hours of battery life while streaming videos. Customers can use the Orange app collection (My Orange, Orange Money, and Live screen to stay informed on the latest news trends) and access the most popular apps including YouTube Go, Google Go, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

The Sanza range was first launched in April 2019 in 13 countries [2] in Africa and the Middle East, making it easier for many customers to come online for the first time and discover the benefits of connectivity.

From October 2020, the Sanza touch smartphone will be available with a bundled mobile data plan (voice, SMS, data) at around 30 US$. It will be sold in most countries in the Middle East and Africa region, starting with Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, and Madagascar.

For Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa: “Orange wants to strongly accelerate access to connectivity on the African continent. One of the barriers to Internet use is the price and ease of use of most smartphones. The partnership with Google to offer the Sanza touch smartphone for sale will enable us to solve this problem thanks to its affordable price and advanced functionalities. While 90% of the world’s population is now covered by mobile broadband, 3.3 billion people who live in areas covered by mobile broadband remain unconnected for reasons such as affordability, low levels of literacy, and digital skills [3]. »

Mariam Abdullahi – Director, Platform Partnerships, Android, and Play – Africa for Google added: “Our mission at Google has always been to “Organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible to everyone”. We deliver this mission through the building and providing our products and services via key partnerships like this one with Orange. We are excited about the endless possibilities this Sanza touch smartphone will present in learning, economic opportunities, and digital accessibility. The Goal of our Android devices, including this first-of-its-kind highly affordable Android (Go edition) device, is to bring the power of computing equitably to all. We can only achieve this mission if everyone is able to access devices at affordable price points to use in their daily lives and have access to the benefits presented by the digital world.”

Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East where it had 124 million customers on 30 July 2020. With 5.6 billion euros in turnover in 2019 and 6% annual growth, Orange MEA is the Group’s main region of growth. Orange Money, its mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer is available in 17 countries and has 54 million customers. Orange, a multi-service operator, benchmark partner of the digital transformation, provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

About Orange:

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42 billion euros in 2019 and 143,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2020, including 84,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 253 million customers worldwide on 30 June 2020, including 208 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.

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