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Cabinet approves cyber security plan

2012-03-08 15:43

Cape Town - Cabinet has approved a national cyber security policy framework for South Africa, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said on Thursday.

Briefing the media in Cape Town following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting the day before, he said the framework was aimed at addressing national security threats in cyber space.

It would "combat cyber warfare, cyber crime and cyber ills", as well as build confidence and trust in the secure use of information and communication technologies, he said.

Comments
  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-08 16:08

    The government is not proactive were they waiting for Postbank to lose 42m to cybercrime syndicate?

      Peter - 2012-03-08 16:38

      Next week in the news .... "Government Officials suspected of Cybercrime, but charges withdrawn due to lack of evidence." They will only protect themselves and their thieving cronies, not us.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-03-08 16:19

    Trust the goverment to protect cyberspace? You must be daft!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-08 16:31

    Hehehe, the government doesnt have a clue how "cyberspace" operates. Would love it if someone in parlaiment could explain the concept of the internet to us, and how it works.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-03-08 16:42

    Just wonde if they adopted world best practices in infosec, like Australia (http://www.dsd.gov.au/index.htm) , the US (NIST - http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsSPs.html) and other countries. Where can we find the documents ? The current minimum standard on information security is dated 1996!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 16:46

    Yes, but will this bill allow them to finally shut down the Tweetah?

  • lance.trent.kilkenny - 2012-03-08 17:11

    does our really, honestly know what cyber security is? really?

      lance.trent.kilkenny - 2012-03-08 17:11

      government*

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-08 17:12

    Just hope that they first read it before approving. Taking from Cele's experience of signing document at a boot of a car without reading we can't take things for granted.

  • Willem Venter - 2012-03-08 21:33

    It's all good and well to have a \plan\, but I don't believe we have the expertise to do anything noteworthy against sophisticated online crimes. The internet was never designed to be very secure in the first place. It's also a world wide trend that computer education does not include security training. Even as a computer science student I have not been taught anything about security in class. Until the world changes its attitude to security education we should expect Chinese teenagers to use almost any website as hacking practice for fun.

  • Martin - 2012-03-09 07:56

    if nasa, the cia, sony cant protect their cyber info, what chance do you imbeciles have...

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