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Ninth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2015)
Title: Cyber Threat Incident Handling Procedure for South African Schools
Author(s): Naume Sonhera, Elmarie Kritzinger, Marianne Loock
Keywords: Learner, cyber threats, incident handling procedure, cyber space, role players, cyber safety
Abstract: With the increase of networks and electronic tools, the online antisocial behaviours have increased and cyber threats have consequently became prevalent world-wide. The new technologies are challenging current networking practices, and this has given rise to cyber threats in South African schools. Learners are not aware of what they should do when threatened online. There is a lack of procedures that can be consistently followed by South African schools, governing boards and educators. As a result, many learners remain vulnerable to the negative effects of these threats. A lack of fixed reporting procedures when dealing with incidents of cyber threats in South African schools, the potential legal obligations and the lack of research in this area has prompted this research. This paper proposes a cyber threat incident handling procedure for South African schools, based on already existing cyber safety guidelines for schools in other countries like Australia and Canada. The proposed procedure will contribute to these existing guidelines by determining and implementing characteristics specific for South African schools.
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