Welcome to SACSAA

SACSAA

Welcome to the home of the South African Cyber Security Academic Alliance (SACSAA).  We are an alliance of academic research groups from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of South Africa (UNISA). This is our platform for communicating with you (the public) about current cyber security issues, knowledge and practices. We offer free education about cyber security and safety knowledge and practices.

Why are we doing this?

The world has become progressively more information-oriented. The information and communication technologies, the Internet and the World Wide Web are part of everyone’s daily life. Whether we realize it or not cyberspace, these technologies and services, are integrated into our daily professional, educational and personal activities. It serves as an enabler, allowing us as individuals/entities to interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide social support, conduct business, direct actions, create artistic media, play games, engage in discussion etc.

 The cyberworld and the real world have merged to become our reality. This integration of cyberspace into our world has resulted in a number of benefits for us as users. However it has also resulted in us being exposed to a number of cyber threats and risks.

As individuals we are exposed to cyber threats targeting our finances, identity, privacy and personal physical and psychological safety. Additionally as communities and countries we face threats against our critical infrastructure and economy. Interaction with cyberspace is critical for us in our way of life. Therefore as users (and cyber citizens) we need to know how to make reap the benefits of cyberspace, while managing the risks and keeping our selves cyber-safe, and cyber-secure.

Best practices and behaviors which help to protect us against cyber threats fall within the domain of cybersecurity. Cyber security involves the protection of the interests of a person, society or nation, including their information and non-information based assets, which need to be protected from risks relating to their interaction with cyberspace. At present all Internet and ICT users (all of us) need to have at least a basic level of cyber security awareness and knowledge to securely perform their daily activities. Cyber security is a vital life-skill everyone, but especially for the children growing up in this cyber world.

How can you gain this lifeskill?

As experts in cyber security, we within SACSAA believe that raising awareness about cyber safety and security practices forms part of our shared societal responsibilities. Therefore the main objective of SACSAA is to campaign for the effective delivery of Cyber Security Awareness throughout South Africa to all groupings of the population. We aim to educate you in order to provide you with that basic level of cyber security and safety awareness and knowledge which you need in your daily life. Please feel free to visit this website and browse its contents as we try to fulfill this responsibility.

National Cyber Security Poster Competition

Monday 27 April  2015 – Monday 27 July 2015

As part of our awareness activities we run an annual  Cyber security education and awareness campaign which consists of school presentations and a national cyber security poster competition.  The 2015 campaign and competition is currently being held.  See this years competition detailshere

International Anti-bullying Day

4 May 2015

Internationally, 4 May is declared as Anti-Bullying Day. Currently more than 25 countries recognise this Anti-Bullying Day and arrange national campaigns to advocate the message of standing up to bullying in general. Recent research have shown that the childhood bullying causes worse long-term mental health problems than being maltreatment. It is thus vital for to protect our children against all forms of bullying.

The Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has coordinated many cyber security-related projects over the last number of years. Last year we launched a Cyber Safety Curriculum for Primary Schools and this is currently being run at a number of schools in the Eastern Cape.

From this point of view we invite schools to participate in an Anti-Cyber Bullying Campaign that we are running to form part of the International Anti-Bullying Day. Obviously the campaign will extend beyond 4 May to ensure that as many schools as possible participate and their learners are educated about the dangers associated with cyber bullying and how the learners can protect themselves against the massive problem of cyber bullying.

For this Anti-Cyber Bullying Campaign we put together some material that schools can use to educate their learners. The mini-‘curriculum’ can be requested here

National Cyber Security Awareness Week

Please visit us again soon for exciting news regarding this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. We will be hosting several cyber security related events at the NMMU, UJ, and UNISA.

You are also welcome to email us for additional information at info@cyberaware.org.za

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