ZICTA plans to combat cybercrime

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

Following the sudden rise in cybercrime in Zambia, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) plans to develop cyber security policies aimed at fighting the scourge.

The Zambian police have revealed that over US$4 million has so far been stolen from the country’s commercial banks through cybercrime. The police are collaborating with ZICTA to investigate the theft, which police said was committed by foreign cyber criminals with the assistance of Zambians, who they have trained.

ZICTA, the country’s telecom sector regulator, saidin addition to new policies, it would collaborate with key information technology institutions, data custodians and governance institutions to develop standards and procedures to help counter cybercrime.

The authority has further started the search for a cyber security expert who will be working with government security agencies in a bid to tackle cybercrime. The Authority said the cyber crime expert will be a leading person in ZICTA on matters of cyber security. The expert will also be tasked with developing and implementing a proactive Computer Incident Reporting and Response system to address security incidents.

“The cyber security expert will coordinate the development and delivery on awareness programmes on cyber security and privacy matters primarily for government institutions,” said ZICTA in an advertisement.

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