Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.
Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.
Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.
“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said.
“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes. Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”