Botswana Makes Strides Towards Cybersecurity Preparedness
The Minister of Transport and Communications Thulagano Segokgo has said that Botswanais making strides towards cybersecurity preparedness.
Delivering his ministry’s budget proposal for the 2021-2022 Financial Year in Parliament Minister Segokgo outlined several milestones that have been achieved as part of efforts tosecure Botswana’s cyberspace.
The achievements include the adoption of the National Cybersecurity Strategy by cabinet in October 2020 and the establishment of a National Computer Incident Response Team(CIRT)whose purpose is to secure the country’s critical infrastructure and to safeguard public when they are online.
According to Segokgo, the CIRT will be responsible for advising and responding to cybersecurity breaches, viruses and other potentially harmful cyber threats that may affect regulated entities.
“Workforce comprising of several engineers for the CIRT has already been recruited and trained” Segokgo said. He added that the implementation plan for the National Cybersecurity Strategy was being refined to focus on priority areas such as enacting cybersecurity laws. “BW-CIRT will coordinate sectoral CIRTs, National Cybersecurity Advisory Council and serve as a point of contact for International partners on matters of cyber security” He said.
Minister Segokgo indicated that other sectors of the economy will also establish their ownsectoral CIRTs.
National Cybersecurity Strategy serves as a guide on the country’s preparedness and approach to cybersecurity threats. The Strategy outlines objectives, priorities, specifies time frames and the roles of the various stake holders in the country’s quest to secure its cyberspace. Meanwhile, officially opening a Virtual Cybersecurity Symposium hosted by the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) recently Minister Segokgoem phasised the importance of a local cybersecurity culture.
He noted that the country’s digital transformation can only be fully realised when its cyberspace is secured for all. “There are security challenges associated with this change, as criminals are now borderless;high yield; less chance to be caught; many open source platforms to carry out their attacks”noted Segokgo.
Officiating at a Media Workshop on Cybersecurity in Gaborone recently, the Head of the European Delegation to Botswana, Jan Sadek commended the Botswana government for putting in place measures to enhance cyber security in the country. Ambassador Sadekem phasised the importance of such measures which he said will go a long way in mitigating risks that exist in cyber space.