South Africa’s State Security Agency is concerned that ordinary citizens are increasingly becoming the targets of cybercrime, and is aiming to do something about it.
According to SANews, such measures include concluding the approval of the new Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill, which is currently awaiting Parliament deliberation.
The bill, says Minister David Mahlobo, will ensure that our country has the correct legislature in place to combat various forms of digital crime and abuse.
In addition to legislature, says Mahlobo, his department has teamed up with various educational institutions to launch programmes to improve the SSA’s cyber-defence capacities.
“These initiatives will not only bolster the capacity of government to respond to cyber insecurity, but it will create a skills base that will improve cybersecurity for the public and private sectors,” he says.
With regards to the recent ‘WannaCry’ worldwide hacking, Mahlobo has reassured South Africans that government’s Computer Security Incident Response Centre is keeping an eye on the perpetrators, keeping various at-risk parties in the loop.