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Marilyn Sealy, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Management, Flow Barbados.

Flow shines spotlight on Internet Security - telecoms company observes Safer Internet Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (February 2nd, 2018) - As the world prepares to observe Safer Internet Day tomorrow, leading telecommunications provider Flow is shining the spotlight on internet security and data protection.

"There's no denying the internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, however, its conveniences and uses have the potential to come at a perilous price. Without any online defence, we leave ourselves open to be a victim of fraud, theft or even property damage," said Marilyn Sealy, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Management, Flow Barbados.

This year's theme for Safer Internet Day is 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You' and the telecoms company will host a media roundtable to discuss what it's doing to promote safe, healthy and secure online practices.

"Security and vigilance are vital and this responsibility isn't just on the individual because everyone is a potential target, including governments, the public sector and private corporations. From our perspective as a service provider, we take information security very seriously and we are committed to protecting our customers and business."

Sealy outlined some of the defence strategies the company employed.

"We pride ourselves on providing our customers and clients with a professional, valuable and personalised service whilst safeguarding their privacy, so we will never process sensitive personal data without express consent and we never sell, trade or rent personal data to others," she said.

"From a technology standpoint, we have in place appropriate technical and organisational security measures to prevent unauthorized or unlawful disclosure or access to, or accidental or unlawful loss of personal data. These measures ensure an appropriate level of security in relation to the risks inherent in the processing and protection of personal data."

Sealy also encouraged both individuals and companies to be vigilant in safeguarding their personal data. "The threats to information systems from criminal elements are also increasing and we are now seeing many large companies identifying information security as an area of their operation that needs bolstering," she said.

"However, taking personal responsibility for online privacy and security is the essential element in stemming the tide of cybercrime. Due to the sheer volume of devices which are connected online today, each of which tells a story about their users' life and habits, internet security is a must and users should be savvy about the information they are sharing."

 

Jenson Sylvester, Managing Director of Flow, in the company of colleagues (from left) Marilyn Sealy, Shawn Holder and Maya Wiltshire, address Members of the Press during the Media Roundtable.

All users responsible for a Safer Internet Flow observes Safer Internet Day in Barbados with Media Roundtable

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (February 6th, 2018) -- Joint responsibility between service providers and internet users is what's needed to minimise the risks associated with cybercrime.

Against the backdrop of Safer Internet Day, which was observed by approximately 130 countries around the world, telecommunications provider Flow is urging all stakeholders to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the very young and old who are typically the two most vulnerable groups of online users.

"There's no denying the internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, however, its conveniences and uses have the potential to come at a perilous price. Without any online defence, we leave ourselves open to be victims of fraud, theft or even property damage," said Marilyn Sealy, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Management, Flow Barbados.

Shawn Holder, Flow’s Network Manager, takes Members of the Press on a guided tour of the company’s data centre.

This year's theme for Safer Internet Day is 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You' and the telecoms company hosted a media roundtable to discuss what it's doing to promote safe, healthy and secure online practices. "Security and vigilance are vital and this responsibility isn't just on the individual because everyone is a potential target, including governments, the public sector and private corporations. From our perspective as a service provider, we take information security very seriously and we are committed to protecting our customers and our business."

During a comprehensive presentation, Shawn Holder, Network Manager, also outlined some of the defence strategies the company currently employs.

"We pride ourselves on providing our customers and clients with a professional, valuable and personalised service whilst safeguarding their privacy, so we will never process sensitive personal data without express consent and we never sell, trade or rent personal data to others," he said.

Holder also conducted a tour of the data centre located at Flow's corporate office in Warrens. In addition to its expansive subsea fibre network, the company also has several interconnected data centres spread throughout the Caribbean and Latin America that handles most of the internet traffic for the region.

"From a technology standpoint, we have seen an increase in malicious activity which is in keeping with global trends, however, we are also happy to report that our customers, especially our business clients, are themselves becoming savvier and treating online security as a priority."

Maya Wiltshire, Director of C&W Business, used the forum as an opportunity to highlight the company's Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.

"With our UTM solution, we can provide support around the clock and we already have the infrastructure in place, so it's really a fully managed turnkey solution for protecting sensitive data on a large scale basis," she said. "However, taking personal responsibility for online privacy and security is the essential element in stemming the tide of cybercrime. Due to the sheer number of devices which are connected today, we all have to pay attention to the types of information we are sharing, and even more importantly, with who."

 

All In For Caribbean Film!: (from left) Nailah Imoja, Penelope Hynam, Kirk Brown, Sarah Venable, Andrea Allan, Patrick Foster and Shakirah Bourne.

Flow hosts exclusive screening of Caribbean short films

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (February 15th, 2018) -- The spotlight shone brightly on three Caribbean short films recently, as telecoms provider Flow hosted an exclusive screening of Battledream Chronicles, Caribbean Girl NYC and HEAT at the Olympus VIP Theatres.

The event was a celebration of Flow's partnership with regional media company CaribbeanTales, whose focus is on developing Caribbean-centric content for multi-media broadcast.

Flow is also the lead sponsor of the CaribbeanTales Incubator Programme, a year-round development and production hub for regional film producers that aims to create strong, compelling and sustainable content for the global market.

The three short films were all very well received, especially HEAT, which is set in Barbados and directed by internationally acclaimed Barbadian director Menelik Shabazz.

Cast members of HEAT including Patrick Foster, Kirk Brown and Sarah Venable were also on hand to enjoy the evening and mingle with specially invited guests.

 

Flow customer David Kirton (centre) receives his match tickets and airfare from Marilyn Sealy, Director of Communication and Stakeholder Management, Flow Barbados, and Andre Bello, Caribbean Commercial Manager, Virgin Atlantic.

 

Kirton off to 'Theatre of Dreams' with Flow - Lucky customer wins trip to Premier League match against Chelsea FC!

Bridgetown, BARBADOS (February 21st, 2018) -- Reggae singer David Kirton has won himself the ultimate Premier League experience with Flow.

Best known for his exploits behind the microphone, Kirton will trade his own performance stage for that of Manchester's Old Trafford when he attends the highly anticipated grudge match against Chelsea at the 'Theatre of Dreams' on Sunday.

The musician was recently announced as the final winner in the 'Let Your Family Flow' celebration campaign.

"I must give grateful thanks to Flow for this amazing surprise. I am completely in awe as this is no ordinary match, it's two of the biggest football teams in the world," said an excited Kirton as he received his match tickets from Marilyn Sealy, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Management, Flow Barbados.

Andre Bello, Virgin Atlantic's Commercial Manager, was also on hand to present Kirton with a return trip to Manchester.

'Since I was a boy I've been following football, especially the Premier League and the World Cups, so I was very excited to get the call from Flow about this trip. I'm going to enjoy every minute of it and I already have my jersey packed," he said.

As part of his prize package for simply signing-up for Flow's Ultra Bundle, which includes Flow Evo (TV), broadband and landline services, Kirton secured a return trip airfare for two to Manchester, hotel accommodation, US$500 spending money and two tickets to the game with premium seating.

"There's no doubt about the popularity of English football here in Barbados, and as the Caribbean's exclusive broadcast partner of the Premier League, we are especially pleased to be delivering this added value to our customers with the ability to watch every single minute of every single game in high-definition with the Flow Sports Pack," said Sealy.