Combating cyber related threats through awareness

To combat cyber-attacks and cybercrime activities, Tonga National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Tonga) conducted a five-day awareness program in Vava’u on cyber related threats that are happening in Tonga and how to mitigate the impact.

The weeklong program which ran from 15th – 19th February brought together representatives from private sector, line ministries mainly the Officers in Charge and IT personnel, Tonga Police, principals and teachers from secondary and primary schools, town officers, district officers and youth.

In her welcoming remarks, the Officer-In-Charge of the Ministry of MEIDECC’s Office in Vava’u Ms. Lucy Fa’anunu stated that CERT Tonga has recently became a full department reporting directly to the CEO for MEIDECC which demonstrate the Ministry’s prioritising and commitments to addressing cyber related issues that are faced by businesses, organisations and the people of Tonga.

Director of CERT Tonga, Mr. Siosaia Vaipuna said, “Malicious activities carried out over the internet are not restricted to only those that threatens the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems and information there are also abuse, misinformation and other traditional crimes that are conducted through the use of technology and the internet.”

The awareness program were based on the following;

  • Be aware of the cyber incidents that occurred in Tonga, have understanding of some of the ways to mitigate the chances of a cyber-attack taking place and be aware of the functions and services CERT Tonga provides.
  • Understand of what is the position of the churches council in the cyber safety area and what you can do to mitigate the risk and support the public.
  • Be aware of the various bills and legislation related to cyber/online activities. And;
  • Know of the various complaints/issues reported from the public related to cyber and ways they can minimize those issues.

The program was divided into six sessions which were facilitated by the Director for CERT Tonga and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, Tonga Police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs/Church Leader’s Desk.

The CEO for the Ministry of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u wishes to extend the Ministry of MEIDECC’s sincere gratitude to the relevant government ministries and agencies for letting their expert staff participate in facilitating the event which allowed participants to receive answers to their queries directly from them and also provides them with a better understanding of each agency’s role in addressing cyber challenges.

Mr. Ma’u would also like to extend his heartfelt appreciation to the Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for funding the event through its Cyber Cooperation Program’s CERT Tonga Development Support Project.


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

View as originally published on Tonga Govt Portal

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