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Being cyber savvy reduces risks of falling prey to criminals

​As the University of Johannesburg (UJ) takes the lead in providing the necessary education amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution, its students equally need to rise up to the skills of this new era. Knowledge on conduct in the current technological dispensation is critical. These were part of the lessons shared with female students at the University’s Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus during a seminar on cyber security.

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On Tuesday, 28 August 2018, University experts on the use of technology, together with external experts in cyber law, social media, technology, and film and television shared valuable insights on cyber security with students at a seminar held at the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH).

“In the modern era, a student must be mentally well equipped on the use of technology. Companies hire personalities – therefore, you need to empower yourself by being aware of modern day developments. If your studies do not have some sort of technology related content, you are in trouble,” said Ms Tumediso Lobelo of Tulo Vation, also a former Microsoft employee.

The seminar, organised by the University’s Government Relations and Community Engagement, in collaboration with the SA Film and Television Board, was aimed at educating the undergraduate students about the importance of being cyber savvy to avoid falling prey to cyber criminals, careful use of social media and mobile phone applications, and course content infused with cutting-edge technology for a future-fit graduate.

Experts Ms Laurie Less (FPB Shared Service Executive), Ms Lerato Ntwampe FPB Legal Intern), Mr Richard Hlalele (ICT Strategy and Governance, UJ), Tumediso Lobelo (Tulo Vation), and Emilar Gandhi (Facebook SADC Region) shared various lessons on cyber security from a student perspective, the power of social media on gender-based violence, and legalities on public communication platforms.

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