News from our ICT Department

BULA VINAKA (GOODBYE & THANK YOU IN FIJIAN)

I am pleased to let you know that it is my last year of service to the College and with my last article, I want to thank you all for the support you have given me and the ICT Department over the years. It is without any doubt that A.B. Paterson College is one of the best institutions on the Coast and will continue to do so in years to come.

On a leaving note, I want to talk about the importance of Cybersafety and protecting yourselves and your children.

UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT OF ZERO TRUST

Cybersecurity seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongue at the moment. With data breaches dominating headlines across the media, it has never been more important for us to emphasis how vital it is to be cyber-aware. Cyber-awareness does not emanate from schools only, it is a joint responsibility of parents, teacher and students.

In tackling this issue of cybersecurity, I want to introduce the concept of Zero Trust. It means exactly that, ‘Zero Trust’ – trust nobody, no device, no applications or platforms. Always verify!!!

Zero trust was coined by John Kindervag, a Forester research analyst when he presented the idea that nothing should be trusted internal or external to the organisations.

Any emails or messages that you receive must be treated with ‘Zero Trust’ as well, unless it is already confirmed. Verification is a must to ensure that the messages or emails received are genuine. Parents, staff and students must feel free to pick up the phones and verify if the email/message is genuine or not.

Further to that, ICT Dept has embarked on many ambitious projects at the College. This year we will see an implementation the new firewall security system “PALO ALTO” which will help in promoting the Zero trust policy and mitigating cyber risk. Please do note the vulnerability in any system starts with user, so it means that while we are protecting data and information with technology, one must always be vigilant as well.

We are also implementing a new filtering system for staff and students. SAASYAN is widely used in K-12 environment providing high levels of filtering using artificial intelligence.

This year the College will rollout new laptops for Years 4,7 and 10 again, Further correspondence will be coming in the near future.

Other projects that we have embarked on are high speed 10 Gig internet services to the College, state of art Aruba Wireless rollout to all areas of the College and a new Cloud based phone system.

Wishing you all a wonderful safe holiday and prosperous 2023.

Afzal Shariff | Director of ICT Services