CyberSecurity 101: Attacks, Concepts, and Techniques

Veourn Leakhena is the General Manager at Sunrise Institute and is dedicated to training the next generation of IT experts. Today we have had the chance to listen to her expertise and advice in her presentation called CyberSecurity 101: Attacks, concepts, and techniques in the Cybersecurity track.

She first started giving an overview of the importance of tackling cybersecurity and explaining the impact it has on our daily lives. Undoubtedly, cybersecurity is a very hot topic not only in Cambodia but at the global level. The country experienced DDoS attacks only a few months ago. This is a very pressing issue as it affects everyone including individuals, corporations and businesses, and the State.

Veourn Leakhena gives her presentation on CyberSecurity 101: Attacks, concepts, and techniques.

​Cyber attacks can come in a wide range of forms and can have many different effects. Apart from stealing data and information from our systems, files are also modified and deleted. These attacks can also affect the programs we have installed in our systems, preventing us from accessing them.

During this session we discussed the benefits of hashcalc; how it can protect data through encryption and decryption. The session also covered the profiles of cyber attackers, so that participants better understand the nature of the potential cyber attacks they are vulnerable to. Ms. Leakhena also provided useful practical advice to our audience regarding how to remain safe online. An important takeaway point was not to use the same password for all the accounts we own online as a way of minimizing the likelihood of being hacked. In the same line, she advised participants not to use intuitive passwords that would be easy to guess, such as existing words.

Questions raised by participants focused on their concerns regarding our privacy online and the limits we should set when sharing our lives online. This is a trending topic nowadays as our presence in social media increases every day and we are sometimes not aware of the implications of posting such kind of information.

Leakhena’s session was one of our most attended lectures on the first day of the camp, attracting over half of the camp’s audience. She is a leading example for other women in technology, as she is an expert in IT cybersecurity and works to share that knowledge with budding IT students.

The participants pay attention to her presentation.

Voeurn Leakhna is part of a global community who is dedicated to training the next generation of IT experts. She has been taught in networking skill (Cisco Course) for almost 8 years, currently, she is working as General Manager of Sunrise Information of Technology. Before SUNRISE, she used to do the internship and worked at Norton University, Smart Mobile Company, Skyline Apartment, Passerelles numériques Cambodia (PNC), AMK MFI, and has always been involved in the IT sector. Last but not least, she has participated in Mekong ICT last year, and also her group has been elected by Selection Committee at the 5th Mekong ICT Camp 2017, for the seed grant was awarded for the 5 best prototypes (one for each country in the Mekong sub-region). This year, she is willing to share about Cam Lost And Found Project and also Introduction to Cyber Security.