The IT Security Unit implements IT Security practices in the Civil Service through the elaboration of policies and guidelines which are disseminated to Ministries and Departments. Advice is provided upon request on prevailing systems.
The IT Security Unit has established the process through which ICT Security incidents are reported and handled across the whole Civil Service. A specialised team, the Government Security Incident Response Team (G-SIRT) has been established, within the IT Security Unit (ITSU) of the Ministry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation (MITCI), to respond effectively to ICT Security incidents in the civil service.
The G-SIRT provides reactive services as well as proactive services in order to combat cyber threats. The team handles ICT Security incidents reported by governmental departments and respond to security vulnerabilities. Apart from reactive services, it also engages in proactive services such as IT Security audits and cybersecurity awareness campaigns.
IT Security audits are conducted at sites to identify gaps in Government infrastructures to further reduce the risks of cyber threats.
Public officers are also proactively sensitised on the risks of cyber attacks and their counter measures through regular awareness campaigns for the Government Sector. The cybersecurity awareness activities aim at informing public officers of the various types of cyber threats, including malware, spamming, phishing, identity theft, social engineering et al, in the ICT landscape and importantly about the related countermeasures and safeguards. A yearly awareness calendar is as well established and updated depending on ongoing requests received from government departments.
Government Sector Incident Response
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