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MEIDECC hosts workshop for Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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12th May 2016 The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, officially opened a two-day training on Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Establishment and Operations today at MEIDECC’s conference room.

Hon. Sovaleni in his opening remarks said CERT was an important body that would ensure cyber security in Tonga.

“Addressing cyber security should be amongst stakeholders and also there are some people here from the government they actually need to work together and see how we can help each other and see how we pull resources to help prevent cyber issues,” he said.

Hon. Sovaleni stated that the time was right for Tonga to establish a team to ensure cyber security in  the country.

“It’s about time that we do something because we believe that cyber security is essential for Tonga.”

He stated that the latest statistics in Tonga, 90% of the households have mobile phones but at the same time it subjected them to cyber issues.

“In Tonga 90% of households have mobile phones which is good for us, but at the same time it’s opening up 90% of our households to cyber issues. So 90% of our household is vulnerable, so we will not only look at cyber security but also cyber safety.”

The training’s facilitator from Asia- Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Mr. Adli Wahid said developing a National Cyber Security Strategy was an advantage.

“In this region, many countries are now developing a National Cyber Security Strategy and developing capabilities like this is actually a good thing.”

Mr Wahid said the training was based on two topics and the participants will learn about CERT but more deeply to its operation, information, where to get assistance and skills that are required.

The objectives of the workshop were in line with the Organizational Outcome of Tonga Strategic Development Framework II (TSDF II) aimed to create a more reliable, safe and affordable information and communications technology (ICT) used in more innovative and inclusive ways, linking people across the Kingdom and with the rest of the world, delivering key services by government and business and drawing communities more closely together.

Participants included high level officials, representatives from government ministries and public enterprises.



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Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

 

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