Govt launches cyber-security booklet

HARARE - Information Technology, Postal and Courier services ministry, in partnership with Econet, TelOne, Telecel, Greepys and ZITC have launched a cyber-security booklet and website to foster awareness and protection from cyber-crime which has started to cripple many Zimbabweans, particularly on social media.

Zimbabwean Internet users have also been experiencing cyber-crime such as hacking and cloning of websites and accounts, in particular social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

On the other hand, organisations have also evinced cyber-attacks citing the upsurge of hacking and cloning of websites, fraudulent messages and email and cyber-theft of documents.

Speaking at the launch of the Cyber Security Booklet, Technology services minister Kazembe Kazembe said: “Since 2013, 3 809 448 records have been stolen in breaches every day, 158 727 every hour, 2 645 every minute and 44 every second.

“I myself was a victim of cyber-crime. Did you know that there is a hacker every 39 seconds? Over 7 percent of the health websites were affected by malware last year while 95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016, government, retail and technology.

“It was recorded that 51 percent of the people in Zimbabweans used the Internet in 2017,’ he said.

Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said online security has become a critical need that users cannot afford to set aside, as identity cloning and fake messages are now rampant.

“Africa is already operating below the security Datum line mostly because of lack of investment in security. It is reality we cannot afford to ignore…I know an organisation that no longer allows employees to bring USB sticks due to security reasons.

“Both employees and family members are also a threat  when we talk of internal or insider threats, while the hackers are external threats.”

E-solutions managing consultant Gwinyai Sadza said there is need to increase awareness and educate the populace on protection from cyber-crime.

Zimbabwe Information & Communication Technology (ZICT) chairperson Kudzayi Mutisi said: “The booklet looks at ethical ways you can use to protect yourself on social media, against cyber-crime.”

Information Sharing Centre run by the ICT ministry added; “The website will come in handy in protecting people from cyber-crime as it collects information on cyber threats globally.”

 

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Comments (4)

Ummmm I joku here ?....kana ne indaneti hapana , yevamwe iyi musazvifadza nayo. Zvikoro zvirikushasa ma WP nekuti hazvinamari nedzidzo....ndozvanofanira kubatsirwa hondo isati yawuya. Hapana chakahwanda....Sisi vayevaye vanotoyenda kunodzika mapfihwa nemugoti wemumwe zvatoziikanwa...the good part hazvidudzwe kana pasina kuurayana.

Scratch miner - 12 December 2018

Just be cautious when dealing with the Quangos , they are not what you think.

Hidden agenda - 12 December 2018

Cyber Security is more of a theory.....even google ' the real one...not ma feki akutonga ' can be brought down. Internet hayisisiri yekutemba. ndosaka uchiwona kuti paunotsvaga basa , vanokuziva usati wasvika ku interview , even usina ma social net , why ? , ma emails anoverengwa nemapurisa. Zvirikwavari kukupfuudza kana kukukanya. The same applies ku bhizimusi. Manje vakuru avo varikutidzidziseyi ivo kwavo kwakabooka sebhurugwa reparuzevha....I mean ma gov dep ese.

Shiri yakanaka - 12 December 2018

When countries in the union are having issues , well they do have unending hate of each other however they romp , the fights have an effect that transcends borders e.g wannacry cyber attacks , hacking of telecom companies , etc and now , frequently , misuse of gchq privilage which we shall see even more due to Brexit. Countries that are nonsensing africans are unhappy with immigration mainly which does not suite thier agendas and white poverty. They try to hit the spots and angles that could trigger white xenophobia in African countries to gain the immigration they need which is impossible via formal routes. Do they dislike black immigration ? , Only when it's formal...the bar is too high for potato or strawberry picking in farms and it leads to other population issues. Where do most white migrants from e.g rsa , Australia etc move to in the union ? And why do they avoid the very countries that dislike none white immigration and are terror driven..:-(

Zizi - 15 December 2018

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