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Episode 0: Cybersecurity.. Why would I be concerned ?

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There was a time where firewalls and anti-viruses would get anyone’s cybersecurity game covered, however it is no longer the case.
Modern technologies are growing exponentially every day. New IT practices became present and common in our daily life such as social media, smart connected objects, online payment, and cryptocurrency. The more complicated technology gets, the more cybersecurity becomes a bigger concern.Let’s take a look at numbers : There is a cyber attack occurring every 39 seconds. (check the Live Cyber Threat map now ! ). Statistics also prove that 64% of companies have experienced web-based attacks. 62% experienced phishing & social engineering attacks. 59% of companies experienced malicious code and botnets and 51% experienced denial of service attacks. On average, in 2019 an organization fell victim to ransomware every 14 seconds !Moreover, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 is $3.86 million, which is a 10% rise over the last five years ! Another alarming 2020 news : since COVID-19, the US FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes ! As if a pandemic isn’t scary enough !This has been said, the frequent question remains always the same: why would attackers be interested in my data as a simple individual ? What would I protect if I don’t have important or critical information ?Well, there’s a proverb that answers this specific question : one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error. When attackers target an individual or a company, their weakest link is the human being.The most common example being downloading a malicious file, that would release malware into the internal network, which can slowly leak private and confidential documents of every type : pictures, videos, papers, and worse, credit card information or passwords saved as plain text !Without raising awareness and providing deeper understanding of better practices, any anti-virus or firewall is rendered useless. The threats are coming from you.

In addition, while you scroll through social media or share your personal information through participating in picture challenges, you should know what you are giving access to. Even if you don’t overshare with your friends on social media, you may still be shocked to learn what you’re actually sharing with those corporates. The world’s largest social networks seem to track your geographical location through GPS or Wi-Fi signals. When you allow an application to use your photos and videos, this doesn’t just give access to the ones you post but to the entire content of your device’s media library. And you agreed to this when you agreed to their terms and conditions. These giant corporations won’t likely use that information for anything other than their business, but this information could potentially be hacked and end up in the wrong hands.

If you’re still not convinced on how crucial it is to protect your data, here’s another thought : even with nothing important on your computer, your identity itself can be stolen. Identity theft continues to pose challenges for consumers as criminals develop new mechanisms to commit fraud. The number of consumers who were victims of identity fraud was up to 14.4 million in 2018 !

Thus, as university students who believe in the importance of cyber-awareness, SecuriNets invites you all to learn some tips and good practices about the cyber world. Don’t wait until you’re attacked, your prevention starts now !

 

Resources :

Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds
30 Surprising Small Business Cyber Security Statistics (2020)
Why Educating Your Employees on Cyber Intelligence And Security Will Reduce Risk
Facts + Statistics: Identity theft and cybercrime
5 Reasons You Should Protect Your Private Data

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Securinets est la toute première Association Tunisienne à baser l’intégralité de ses activités autour de la Sécurité Informatique. Faisant ses débuts en 2004 à l’INSAT, Securinets est aujourd’hui fière de compter dans ses rangs près de 1500 membres dont 200 membres actifs assistant régulièrement à ses évènements au sein de l’INSAT.

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JTI The Fourth Dimension: Jokes Till Idleness

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April 7th, 2021: the most awaited date here at INSAT for the fifth JTI edition organized by the « THEATRO INSAT ».

In these new theatrical pieces, the club chose to preserve the same concept: a group of plays with musical breaks and the same fine thread that all of these sketches have in common. However, since the last edition of JTI, the world has faced so many changes due to the coronavirus pandemic that turned it into a flophouse.

The audience’s high expectations are completely natural as the past events were an utter success, since the first edition of 2017.

This even explains why this year’s event was announced as ‘sold out’ two days after the start of the selling.

JTI: A flashback to the last decade

« Freedom » is the overall theme discussed and shown throughout the three performed plays, it is what most of the characters longed for: the chance to breathe, the chance to see what’s beyond, and to break the political chains imposed by society. But how can these one-dimensional[1] characters convey this ideal?

The event kicks off with the storyteller style, a history professor lecturing his student while chewing on the same consumed jokes. That’s how our story initially begins.

1st piece: Bay al-Hana

Bay Al-Hana was a political statement evidently which aimed to address the issues of freedom throughout Tunisian history, showing the juxtaposition between what was politically present back at that time and the hope that the population, presented in the character of Hsine primarily, had for the better tomorrow.

The play starts with the bay and his second wife talking about the future of the kingdom and its heir, in a dialogue breaking mostly the fourth wall between the audience and the characters, acknowledging their own inexistence but mostly filled with cliché jokes and sexual overtones that made it feel like a deja vu moment during the performance. The same pace continued with the same lousy writing and dialogue that even with the outstanding performance by the whole crew couldn’t overlook its downfalls in the middle of the piece making it lose its charm which made the audience disorientated from the longevity of the play.

Bay al-Hana was an exceptional piece that touched the core of the Tunisian society’s contradictions and habits, politically and ethically, showing the unchanging traits that still exist nowadays through a writing style that made the old characters speak modern words; This was accurately seen through Fatma’s monologue when she was brought forcibly to the Bay and in an emotional scene built by the effect of the lighting and the right music, the delivered speech was able to convey the real emotions and pain that the character felt back then.

Adding to that, the amazing lights, the beautiful sound, and the outstanding performance by the actors contributed to the development of Hsin’s character in the following sketches and gave the audience the opportunity to challenge their minds over the theme.

2nd piece: a political prisoner

This piece is complex since it contains more than just one story inside its twists and turns. Despite its primary focus on Hsin’s character, it also shone the light over the other characters in the play, giving them enough time and space to express themselves which adds to the story told from Hsin’s point of view.

The story is happening in prison, where Hsin is being tortured every now and then by the dictatorship’s police officers over a past expressed opinion until a final verdict gets published. Thanks to the intense performance of the actor playing Hsin’s role, we could sense the melodrama around the story and the pain felt by the character,  along with the painful eagerness of that unfed hope mentioned in the first play. Hsin encounters throughout his time in prison a religious man, a criminal who killed his pregnant wife and a young student. Yet only the young man was put under the spotlight. Because of one « alleged » mistake, this character lost his future due to the political system’s injustice. This side-character evoked a very controversial topic inspired by the events that occurred a couple of months ago.

The last part of this piece started with a mediocre and lackluster scene to the story about Hsan and his wife only to end with the highlight performance of the evening through Hsin’s emotional heartbreaking monologue that took the audience to that extra mile of vulnerability.

Despite the system’s unfairness, Hsin’s loyalty to his country covered the missteps and misconceptions of the whole play.

3rd piece: chismha mart il thour

« What’s it called the wife of the bull » is the last piece of the event, not the most emotional nor the funniest but the most original as it presents a new concept foreseeing the future situation of the Tunisian people after the destruction covid-19 left.

Despite its promising premise, this play only felt the most rushed, muddled, tedious, and uninspired, as it never coalesces into a meaningful story neither about the loss of fertility nor about the revolution nor why it was happening in the first place.

Shout out to the actor Mohamed Elyes who carried this whole piece on his shoulder through his spectacular acting and delivery of lines. Thanks to his strong sense of humor, he was more than able to pull the whole piece off and sail it safe to the shore.

The story tells how fertile men became rare species. They were abused and needed to break away from their misery and suffering in order to find their own identity and freedom in a world filled with hypocrisy and materialistic exploitation of the human race.

Conclusion

Around a year ago, covid-19’s outbreak isolated billions of people and killed millions of them, and thus, changed their lives. After such a major event, using the virus in dirty jokes is simply immature. That’s why the last decade is haunting us back until we learn that the times have changed and we surrender this mentality of cheap laughs.

To conclude,  I just want to thank every member of « Theatro INSAT » for the great work they’ve done and their beautiful performance in front of a live audience.

Also, I’d like to highlight the fact that the directorial view was obvious from the start revealing the well-crafted plot and the thread that connects all the dots together. All in all, it pinpoints the effort, sweat, tears, and huge amount of love this edition was made of.


[1] lacking in depth and development.

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