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Urgent need to combat cyber crime in Tonga and Region

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/12/2017


Tonga is currently hosting the regional 21 Pacific Network Operators Group – PACNOG in Nuku’alofa with the aim to help network operator educate the public on safe ways to use the internet more wisely.


PACNOG 21 Education is the continuous of capacity development program for the network operators in the Pacific Islands.


At the opening ceremony this week, the manager of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, Fred Christopher quotes his favorite Chinese proverb and how it can be used to the success of this workshop.


“With those few words, let me share with you a famous Chinese proverb. If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.”


This workshop training has been held over 14 years around the Pacific countries, training already over a 1000 engineers.


Technology has transformed the nature of the work undertaken by many.


The CEO of Tonga Communications Corporation – TCC, Timote Katoanga says, there are many challenges faced by the society in regards to the use of internet.


“While the internet users have been remarkably increasing, the community is also facing many challenges from network design, security, prevention from cyber-attack, private building and virtualizations. This workshop will provide the platform where experts and professionals will come to share their practical knowledge and skills to the participants. I am optimistic that all the participants will acquire new skills and knowledge from this 5-day workshop.”


The Minister for Public Enterprises, Poasi Tei shares the significant of the Tonga’s CERT program in securing internet usage.


“Despite the importance of the internet, cloud competing at this information age. One of the major key issues is security. That is why it is very important that before we adopt any of this technology, we should be concerned with the privacy and safety of this important data that are stored in our computer, our network or any way in cloud. That is the main reason why the govt of Tonga established CERT to provide advice and support on cyber threats and vulnerabilities to the owners and operators of Tonga’s critical infrastructures and other systems of national interest. It could result in significant impacts of Tonga’s economic prosperity and social well-being.”


Tonga is currently finalizing a bill to combat cyber crime mainly to update computer offenses in increasing the relevant penalties.


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