Cyber security

Participants during a break at the Fiji Institute of Accountants Symposium at Sofitel Fiji Resort & spa Denarau in Nadi. Picture BALJEET SINGH

A LEADING regional cyber-security expert says Fiji needs to improve identity checks and regulate access to personal information.

John Magnifico, managing director of Solved Fiji Ltd, made the statement while speaking at the Fiji Institute of Accountants symposium at the Sofitel Resort and Spa, Denarau, Nadi, yesterday.

“Fiji does not have good identity checks,” he said.

“Anyone can ring any department and access personal information with relative ease and this shouldn’t be the case because of the inherent risks involved. “This needs to be improved and identity checks need to be more stringent.”

He said access to personal information could be used online for illegal purposes.

Mr Magnifico said cyber-security issues were a reality and individuals could take practical steps to ensure their online activities were relatively safe.

“Don’t open an email unless you’re sure where it’s from — because a lot of hackers use phishing sites to obtain personal information and one way you can address this is by making sure the email you are about to open is from a legitimate source,” he said.

Mr Magnifico added that because mobile communication devices stored a lot of personal information, it was important that passwords were changed on a regular basis and encryption software was used to protect data.

“And always be careful about what you post on social media sites because there is a lot of information available on the web.”