Botswana: Building Local Cyber Security Culture Imperative – Segokgo

Palapye — It is imperative for Botswana to build a local cyber security culture that promotes the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), says Minister of Transport and Communications Mr Thulagano Segokgo.

Mr Segokgo said this at a virtual cyber security symposium, organised by the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) under the theme: 'Our Cyber state of affairs: Securing Botswana' cyberspace for all'. .

He said with technology and the internet currently being the main drivers of socio-economic and structural development globally, Botswana must forge ahead in preparing to embrace the change and have a safer cyber spectrum. Mr Segokgo said government comprehended the need to provide a safe, resilient and viable cyberspace hence the approval last October of the first National Cybersecurity Strategy. .

He outlined its objectives as achieving a secure and resilient cyberspace, enhancing capacity and capability, promoting cybersecurity awareness and fostering research and development; enhancing stakeholder collaboration and cooperation at national, regional and international levels as well as harnessing cyberspace for socio-economic development. .

Minister Segokgo said his ministry was working on implementing the strategy as well as reviewing laws, building structures such as the National Computer Incident Response Teams and coordinating national efforts on cyber security. Noting that the symposium aligned with the strategy, he said it was pleasing that BIUST and its partners had started promoting cyber awareness and building capacity. .

Source: Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)
By Tshepo Mongwa
11 March 2021

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