In today’s digital age, cybersecurity is an essential aspect of our daily lives.
As cybercrime continues to rise, it is important that we take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our information.
To this end, we must work together as a community to raise awareness and educate individuals of all ages about the importance of cybersecurity.
In Namibia, there are three primary areas where we can focus our efforts to improve cybersecurity awareness: the education system, homes, and social media platforms.
The Namibian government can play a vital role in promoting cybersecurity awareness in schools across the country.
To achieve this, a dedicated body should be established to provide cybersecurity training and resources to students.
The curriculum should cover both theoretical and practical aspects of cybersecurity, including safe internet use, password management, phishing scams, social engineering attacks, and user policies in social media apps.
By teaching children about cybersecurity from a young age, we can instil good habits and ensure they are better equipped to deal with online threats.
At home, parents and guardians must take responsibility for their family’s online safety. They should ensure that devices are set up securely, and teach their children about online safety and good digital citizenship.
Parents should also educate themselves about cybersecurity, stay up-to-date with the latest threats and trends, and review user policies in social media apps.
Taking basic precautions, such as using strong and unique passwords and enabling two-factor authentication, can also go a long way in improving online security.
Social media platforms can be a powerful tool in promoting cybersecurity awareness. They should educate their users about online safety and user policies, and provide resources and tools to help users protect themselves and their information.
Users should be encouraged to read and understand the terms and conditions of use, use strong passwords, be cautious about what information they share online, and avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments.
Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of our digital lives, and it is important that we take steps to protect ourselves and our information. By working together and taking proactive measures, we can create a happier, more secure digital Namibia.
Governments, educational institutions, households and social media platforms all have a role to play in promoting cybersecurity awareness and implementing robust security measures.
As we continue to embrace digital technologies, let us ensure that we prioritise cybersecurity and safeguard our digital future.
- Herman Nghidipaa is a cybersecurity student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.