Minister beefs up cyber security education

Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has committed to educating South Africans about cyber threats.

Ndabeni-Abrahams kicked-off a cyber security awareness campaign in Eersterust in Pretoria, aimed at making sure communities are aware of the dos and don'ts of the Web.

"We want to make sure our people are safe and it has to start with the platforms that they communicate with. We have therefore made a conscious decision to work with everyone to make sure we can spread the message of some of the disadvantages of the Internet."

According to a statement, the minister's awareness campaign is motivated by the National Assembly's decision to pass the Cyber Crimes Bill.

The Bill, initiated by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, seeks to create offences which have a bearing on cyber crime, to criminalise the distribution of data messages which are harmful, and to provide for interim protection orders, among other issues.

"The offences provided for in the piece of legislature aim to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems by means of the offences of unlawful access, interception of protected data, malware-related offences, interference with data and computer systems and password-related offences," it states.

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