Govt directs ZICTA to intensify cyber security surveillance


Government has directed the Zambia Information, Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) to intensify cyber security services.

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, said cyber security technical knowhow, must be advanced and the system run ahead of hackers.

Officiating at the ZICTA cyber security awareness month launch in Lusaka on Friday, Mutati said this should be done whilst appreciating the ongoing creation of innovative digital solutions.

Mutati told ZICTA management and stakeholders that the digital transformation journey embarked on by government, demanded for proactive mechanisms to be put in place.

He said the mechanism should build trust and confidence in embracing effectiveness of a secured digital platform and provision of efficient services among recipients.

“ZICTA should interrogate mechanisms of enhancing information sharing in order to intensify cyber security efficiencies between the platform and the recipients,” Mutati said.

He further urged ZICTA to create awareness tools that would uplift the use of digital services.

Mutati said the cyber security awareness was fundamental as the digital service platform provided protection to players, hence the need to define solutions that would minimise the interference attacks.

He also directed the authority to form a confidential task force that would help to manage information sharing and strengthen the security awareness for defined resolutions.

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ZICTA Director General, Choolwe Nalubamba, encouraged recipients to secure generated password codes.

“Security code creation calls for self responsibility at both individual trickling down to the community level,” Nalubamba said.

He said the entity had embarked on awareness programmes, among others, engaging the universities.

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