Palesa Legose

The South African government is finalising plans for a national cyber security hub and long-awaited cyber inspectors.

Palesa Legose, Director of Cybersecurity at South Africa's Department of Communications, said in Johannesburg today that plans for a national cyber security hub were being finalised, with a view to announcements being made around March next year.

While she could not elaborate on where the hub would be based, Legose said it would serve as a central contact point for cyber security initiatives across the country.

Legose noted that the government views cyber crime in a serious light, and therefore aims to launch an awareness programme and establish a National Cyber security Advisory Council (NCAC) in collaboration with the private sector, to step up the fight against cyber crime.

"We will meet all stakeholders early in November for talks on taking these initiatives forward," she said.

She added that cyber inspectors, mooted since 2003, are now being trained.

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