Malawi to step up fight against cybercrime

Africa’s thriving economies have an undeniable link to the success of technology on the continent.

Though, with these advancements comes the threat of hacking, cyber crimes and malware. Cybercrime is a growing concern for African organisations, as technology evolves, so will the nature and prevalence of cyber threats. Much like taxes and death, cyber security has become a part of our day-to-day lives and it is something that can have a negative impact on both individuals and organisations.

As Malawi moves closer to its first ever national cybersecurity strategy, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says the development of the strategy has been boosted by the recent signing into law of the

Online Security

E-transactions and Communications Bills by the State President.

MACRA Director General Godfrey Itaye was speaking in Lilongwe when he officially opened the National Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop facilitated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

“These new pieces of legislation give us the mandate and legal basis to tackle cybercrimes head on,” said Mr. Itaye.

He however called for support from players in Malawi’s ICT industry in the implementation of these new pieces of legislation.

“MACRA is quite aware that the knowledge of cybercrime issues is not quite advanced among users of communication services across the country. It is therefore incumbent upon us in our various organisations that we take the role of raising awareness about cyber security seriously,” said Mr. Itaye.

With companies attempting to find more effective ways to connect with their consumers, the concern of cyber security is posing a huge risk and, because of close ties, has potential to compromise customer loyalty and trust.



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