Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 7th 2013 Contents Though cybercrime can have huge implications for businesses
which do not protect the data passing through their network,
one expert estimates it can cost a company millions to fix a
Vadin Corrales, manager of systems engineering for Central
America and the Caribbean at Fortinet, said companies tend
to be conservative with their budgets and increasing security
for data is often not a priority.
The United States-based Fortinet, according to its Web site,
is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and
a market leader in unified threat management.
"Security is an integral part of a business. Everyone is using
mobile devices to access information, so we (Fortinet) have
to keep that information secure. We need to offer security to
the users, taking into account the users need to feel comfort-
Corrales said it is possible to have a balance between a com-
pany s operations and protection of data. But Fortinet s work
is not limited to the private sector it extends to the public
"We help them (governments) to identify what they can do
to secure their information and what they can do to protect
their inter-communications with government institutions.
Most governments are changing the way they communicate.
Instead of using paper, they want to use more cloud infor-
According to wikipedia, cloud computing "is an expression
used to describe a variety of computing concepts that involve
a large number of computers connected through a real-time
communication networks, such as the Internet."
Corrales said Fortinet s work includes the protection of "data
moving between different networks."
"We protect the information that is located in a private
cloud," he said.
Corrales spoke to the Business Guardian at last week s two-
day Export Development Forum, hosted by ExporTT, held at
the Hyatt Regency Trinidad hotel, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain.
Data protection can be done on tablets in order to hide con-
fidential information which employers would only want its
managers to access.
Quoting from a Verizon 2013 report, Corrales said cybercrime
is dangerous to companies.
"The tendency to have more attack from the outside of the
company is something to worry about. There are different
types of attack. In the past, we could have said we have some
personnel inside the network that are not happy with the
management team, so they stall information. In the last two
or three years, we are seeing that the attackers are on the out-
It takes more that 200 employees to collect information
and update it with the "new attacks, new viruses. We are
seeing that there is an increase of botnets on the networks.
"Botnets are the computers which an attacker can take
control of, and they use that as the final way to get to any
network. You can have your computer and someone can put
a malicious code in your computer, then your computer
becomes a botnet. It can be used to provide access from that
attacker," Corrales said.
He said cybercrime has become too sophisticated.
"It is not just a simple virus that you received from a file
or from an e-mail. It s a combination of threats that has
become sophisticated. You need more than just an anti-virus
or firewall. The technology to protect is broad and varied.
Fortinet is in talks with the T&T Government, but gave no
"Government is doing something, but I cannot talk about
that; it is part of the negotiations."
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The corporate community should provide more support
for the Green Screen Environmental Film Series, especially
as the film industry is becoming more attractive to young
people, says Carver Bacchus, director, Sustain T&T.
Sustain T&T is a non-governmental organisation which
has produced the Green Screen Environmental Film Series.
The group "uses film from all over the world to tell envi-
ronmental stories and to show what other people in other
parts of the world are dealing with - environmentally, socially,
as it relates to sustainability issues," Bacchus said.
In an interview on October 28, he said the only funding
which the entity receives is on a project by project basis.
"We ve been funded by the European Union. We ve been
funded by the German Embassy and we ve been funded by
corporate T&T, to a much lesser extent."
There is increasing demand for the movies shown in the
series, Bacchus said.
"In the first two years, we really focused on trying to get
university students involved. We had a lot of screenings on
campus. This year we have specific screenings for high
school children, primary school students, which was not a
focus before, but now we realised that it really is key to
effecting change long-term, to get more young people
He said his team was able to encourage a group of young
people to participate in adaptation training and film-making
training where 50 per cent was under the age of 18.
Commenting on the training, Bacchus said: "Generally
speaking, people start off having a general knowledge of
what climate change is and what environmental or sustain-
ability issues are and how they are connected to their lives.
It is always important to push the point home about how
connected everything is. Not everyone has the understanding
(about the environment.)"
Bacchus said his team has approached the Environmental
Management Authority (EMA) and other agencies for fund-
"We have had conversations with the EMA, which falls
under the Ministry of the Environment. We have worked
through the Environmental Development Fund with the
Ministry of Planning. We have been in conversations with
the MInistry of Energy, Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of
Energy should be showing it at Energy Week and the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs wanted a copy of the film, so we sent it
The group hopes to develop a self-sustaining project so
it won t be reliant on corporate funding. In its first year, the
Green Series project, which includes critically-acclaimed
environmental-friendly films, cost $20,000, but the budget
Renewable energy is another area Bacchus wants to increase
awareness in T&T.
The 2013 series runs until November 13. This year marks
the third since the series has been running.
Internet security company:
Cybercrime dangerous for companies
Corporate T&T urged to support green film series
Some Software/techniques for protecting
-UTM: used to protect the parameter of a network
-Vulnerability and compliance management
-Firewalls to protect Web sites
-Wireless access protection
Types of threats to data
- botnets and communication protocols
- evasion techniques as well as vulnerability and
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