Empowering tomorrow’s leaders
In a concerted effort to empower the next generation, Flow recently partnered with students of the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies for an enlightening cybersecurity presentation. The event focused on the critical aspects of cybersecurity for tertiary students as they prepare to transition into their professional lives.
Led by Flow’s Senior Director, Business, Delroy McLean, he took the students on an eye-opening journey of how vulnerable they can be online and some of the tactics hackers use to develop a profile and target them. McLean also pointed out that a growing number of employers are conducting online background checks, making it crucial for students to protect their digital footprint.
“Cybersecurity is not just an IT issue; it’s a life issue. Students have to understand that personal data is a form of currency in the digital world. Safeguarding it is not merely optional; it’s absolutely critical as they prepare for a career in any field,” remarked McLean. “Missteps online can lead to missed job opportunities or even career derailment, so it‘s important students understand the urgency of protecting themselves in the digital realm.”
The audience was also educated about the various types of cyber threats such as phishing attacks, ransomware, and data breaches, all of which could compromise personal information, financial security, among others.
Nicardo Hinds, President of CARIMAC Students’ Society stated, “This presentation served as an essential tool for students to grasp the profound impact cybersecurity has on their future. As we move further into the digital age, the landscape of threats continues to evolve. Students, especially those about to graduate, are at a significant juncture where they can either build a strong digital reputation or tarnish it, sometimes irreparably.”
The event underscored Flow’s ongoing commitment to promoting cybersecurity and online safety for all. The initiative was part of a larger strategy to nurture an educated and secure digital society. The company does this through its year-long Connected and Protected programme which empowers preteens, youths, seniors, parents and teachers to be vigilant digital citizens.
For university students in particular at the cusp of launching their careers, understanding the intricacies of cybersecurity is as critical as any subject they might study. In the words of Hinds, “Knowledge is power, and in this case, it’s the power to protect our future.”