Online scams affecting Pacific businesses and individuals will soon be targeted by a new educational campaign. Websites for nine Pacific Island countries will be launched 1st July 2020 aimed at providing online resources for the Pacific’s vital business operators.
After 14 years successfully promoting online safety in the United Kingdom, and one year in the Caribbean, Get Safe Online, a non-profit organisation based in the UK, is launching a cybersecurity campaign in the Pacific.
The aim of the Pacific campaign is to raise awareness in each country’s business community of risks and safety measures which will protect people and businesses from online security risks.
These risks include phishing scams, identity theft, ransomware, malware, viruses and other online threats. “The services are fully funded and don’t require any resources from those who use them,” says Peter Davies, the Global Ambassador for Get Safe Online.
“It’s an ambitious agenda but, with the benefit of our experiences and successes, we know it’s achievable.”
Funded by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Commonwealth Cybersecurity Programme, Get Safe Online will work with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) including independent operators in Pacific island countries through an ambitious communication campaign utilising social media, newspapers, radio and other mediums.
The Pacific island countries included in the campaign are those that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations including Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Fiji’s Get Safe Online website can be found atwww.getsafeonline.org.fj.
Get Safe Online has been providing free, accessible public education and awareness services about online risks for over 14 years. In the United Kingdom it established a trusted reputation among the cybersecurity community and the public.