New legislations to help fight cyber crime

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As Malawi moves closer to its first ever national cybersecurity strategy, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says the development of the strategy has been boosted by the recent signing into law of the E-transactions and Communications Bills by the State President.

MACRA Director General, Godfrey Itaye, was speaking in Lilongwe when he officially opened the National Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop facilitated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

“These new pieces of legislation give us the mandate and legal basis to tackle cyber crimes head on,” said Mr. Itaye.

He however called for support from players in Malawi’s ICT industry in the implementation of these new pieces of legislation.

“MACRA is quite aware that the knowledge of cyber security issues is not quite advanced among users of communication services across the country. It is therefore incumbent upon us in our various organisations that we take the role of raising awareness about cyber security seriously,” said Mr. Itaye.

The CTO’s mission to Malawi is the second one following the first one in June, 2016 in Lilongwe where stakeholders formed working groups on developing the cyber security strategy.

Reports developed by the working groups, after they met in September 2016, were submitted to the national steering committee which also met in Lilongwe on Monday December 12, 2016.

A draft national cybersecurity strategy is expected in early 2017.