MACRA calls for collaboration in fighting cyber crime

Participants at the validation workshop.

 

MACRA has called for collaboration in fighting cyber crime.

MACRA Director General, Mr. Godfrey Itaye, was speaking in Blantyre during the official opening ceremony of a validation workshop on the National Cyber Security Strategy for Malawi.

He said the passing into law of the Communications Act 2016 and Electronic and Cyber Security Act 2016 would give the organization fresh impetus to tackle cyber crimes.

The two new legislations, which address various aspects of data protection, online transactions and privacy, were assented into law by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika towards the end of last year.

“However, MACRA on its own cannot fulfill the mission of making Malawi secure from cyber attacks and threats. We will need collaboration and support from all of you. We are therefore quite confident that all players in the ICT sector and the public at large will give us a helping hand in the implementation of these new legislations,” he said.

He said the validation workshop was the climax of what has been an involving, consultative and inclusive process of developing the national cyber security strategy.

“It is your ideas and experiences that have enriched the development of this strategy. In essence, this strategy reflects the sum total of our hopes and dreams of what we envisage for our ICT sector,” he said.

Head of Political and Public Affairs at the British High Commission, Ms. Hellen Chabunya, said preparation is the best antidote in tackling cyber crimes.

She said the cyberspace was a launch pad for many crimes taking root in the world and it was necessary to have a strategy that mapped the way of fighting such crimes.

Ms. Chabunya praised Malawi for being one of the shining example who have done well in developing a cyber security strategy way ahead of other neighbouring countries.

After the validation workshop, the draft strategy will be sent to the main steering committee before being forwarded to Government for approval.