On Friday 8th August 2014, ISSA Barbados was one of the sponsors for a cyber security workshop put on by the Caribbean Cyber Security Centre. The all-day workshop was held at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, and featured some thought-provoking and informative security presentations. Presenters included a representative from Fortinet in the US, Jason Downey (ISSA Barbados Vice President), Francois Griffith (of SIFT Inc and ISSA Barbados), and James Bynoe & Deon Olton of the Caribbean Cyber Security Centre (CCSC).
James Bynoe and Deon Olton, the two CCSC representatives and main presenters for the day, presented on various aspects of cyber security relating to Barbados. Their detailed presentations on the various security areas were well received by the crowd of about 40 workshop attendees. The attendees were drawn from various organisations, including government departments and the private sector. A good case was made for deploying security best practices, including technologies and processes, for making the cyber landscape in Barbados and the wider Caribbean safer for its many Internet and technology users.
Fortinet provided some food for thought on the use of some security technologies for protecting our environment. The presentation included a mix of technology and processes which proved to be both interesting and educational. Jason Downey of ISSA Barbados give an overview on the chapter, what it stands for, what it hopes to accomplish, and more importantly, what it has achieved. Workshop participants would have gotten a good idea of where ISSA Barbados fits into our national landscape, and hopefully would be in a better position to support its efforts in the future.
Francois Griffith gave some useful insights into the exciting but little-known world of computer forensics. His presentation showed how and when forensics could be used to contribute to solving cyber-crimes and other crimes. As with the other presentations, a lot of useful knowledge was delivered.
All in all, the workshop was very informative and the participants would have left knowing not only that there are competent professionals and organisations here dealing with information security, but they also would have received a great deal of security awareness training which would put them and their associated organisations in a better position.