A few weeks ago, the Guardian Newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago published an article, “Caribbean cyberttacks on the rise?”, in which it listed 20 cyber crime stories that were reported between April 2012 and March 2013. Unlike previous years, where they might be just a handful of news reports on unauthorised intrusions, at the very least, more of them are finding their way into the public domain, which hopefully is fostering greater awareness of cyber threats and the need for greater vigilance and security.
When we launched our Expert Insights series last year, we asked network/IT security professionals across the region about cyber intrusion and security in the Caribbean, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of among other things:
- the prevalence of such intrusions and threats in the region
- key misconceptions organisations tend to have about network security, and
- solutions tat could be considered.
We kick off the 2013 update of this series with Deon Olton. Deon, who is based in Barbados, has over 18 years’ experience in IT field, including over 10 years as a Telecommunications and Network Vulnerability Consultant. For the last five years he has been an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker. Currently, Deon is the Co-Founder of the Caribbean Cyber Security Centre (CCSC), which was officially launched earlier this year, and offers a comprehensive suite of network testing services.