Evaluation of Cybersecurity in Remote Working Settings for Mobile Network Operators

Authors

  • Hillary J. Teri Vodacom Tanzania
  • Victoria Mahabi University of Dar es Salaam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52339/tjet.v43i1.1022

Keywords:

Cyber Security, Mobile Network Operators, Remote Working, Two-factor Authentication, Virtual Private Networks, Staff Training, Tanzania

Abstract

Cybersecurity has increasingly been a primary concern to people as technology advances and allows them to work remotely. This study thus evaluated the cybersecurity posture for organisations that have opted for remote working culture, whereas emerging cyber threats, practices to combat them, and appropriate guidelines for managing cyber threats were discussed. The study used a descriptive design with a quantitative approach from 118 information technology personnel working for Tanzania's three major mobile network operators (MNOs). SPSS analysed the collected data. The study revealed that predominant cyber-threats affecting MNOs in remote working include human errors, phishing attacks, malicious domains, denial of service, and ransomware. At the same time, highly applied cybersecurity controls are virtual private networks, antivirus, staff training, and two-factor authentication. The study recommends that MNOs constantly be alerted to every cyber threat; they should provide advanced cyber training and follow cybersecurity guidelines for remote working settings.

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Author Biography

Victoria Mahabi, University of Dar es Salaam

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Technology

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Published

2024-06-28

How to Cite

J. Teri, H., & Mahabi, V. (2024). Evaluation of Cybersecurity in Remote Working Settings for Mobile Network Operators. Tanzania Journal of Engineering and Technology, 43(1), 204-215. https://doi.org/10.52339/tjet.v43i1.1022
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