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THE RISE OF THE CYBER SECURITY MILLENIAL

As the number of cyber-attacks, threats and criminal activities rapidly inflate at a horrific rate, who are you going to call onto for help when you realize that you are unbelievably a victim of a once sci-fi movie playwright?

As a Chief Executive of a company, your nerves are tense and your forehead is dripping beads of sweat wondering how on earth you are going to explain this to the board of Directors? All your intellectual property has been illegally tampered with and stolen like a horrific ugly storm take down the neighborhood housing infrastructure in Katwe or downtown Kampala suburb. This is when you think to yourself and say “I wish I had listened to my Head of Information security ….”

"Millennials are described as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, abbreviated to Gen Y are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000." (Wikipedia, 2016). They are the solid youthful foundation of our current information security growth as they are eager to learn and take on any subject topic that comes their way. The need to grow and develop these young generation individuals into the next world-wide recognized business information systems guardians is of paramount essence. With their brains so brutally equipped with the zeal to capture this wealth of knowledge, our nation can potentially become a force to reckon with as is with the youthful Cyber-Talented of the USA, Russia, Great Britain and many more.

Currently the (ISC)2 is embarking on a major initiative to promote cyber security amongst the youth and the general society on how to be more pro-active towards security awareness. The need to have the security awareness is of profound necessity as more and more companies are being tricked into becoming victims of malicious practices.

The same approach should be mirrored in the Ugandan society by targeting our very own millennials. Schools and societies need to embrace the fact that systems hacking, data theft and breach of data privacy is for real. But alas it is never too late, the newly founded (ISC)2 Uganda Chapter is actively constituting a way forward to mentor and spear-head an project for our very own Ugandan school children to embrace information security and its rewards.

The (ISC)2 Global Foundation has introduced an exciting addition to the Safe and Secure Online Program, one directed to meet the online needs of senior citizens too. Safe and Secure Online, which has provided training in online security and protection to thousands of children, parents and teachers, is now offering this learning to seniors who may be new and unfamiliar with the technologies that are now everyday tools. “Seniors are often prime targets of fraud, malware, social engineering tactics and other forms of malicious online behavior,” says (ISC)2 Foundation director Julie Franz. “It is our intent, through Safe and Secure Online for seniors, to equip senior citizens with the knowledge they need to enjoy a safe online experience.” For information on the new senior citizens’ program, go to https://www.isc2cares.org/Senior_Citizen_Page

 

Brian Mwine Rutebemberwa, CISSP