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ICASA to hold cyber security hearings

ICASA wants to compare the role regulators are playing in the cyber security space.
ICASA wants to compare the role regulators are playing in the cyber security space.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will hold public hearings in respect of the discussion document which was published to solicit written submissions regarding the authority's role and responsibilities in the regulation of cyber security.

The closing date for submissions on the discussion document was 30 November 2018, wherein ICASA received 13 submissions from interested stakeholders, six of which indicated their willingness to make oral representations. The schedule of public hearings is attached below.

The public hearings will be held from 17 to 18 January 2019 at ICASA Block C Auditorium, 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion.

ICASA says the publication of the discussion document was perpetuated by the proliferation of Internet interconnections and increased data services that have led to a significant growth of cyber attack incidents often with disastrous consequences.

The discussion document further examines the role of various ICT regulators in the governance of cyber security in their respective countries.

The aim is to benchmark and/or compare the role these regulators are playing in the cyber security space and determine whether it is necessary for ICASA to adopt similar approaches taking into account its mandate.

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