THE ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services yesterday announced the launch of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which will run from the 1st to the 31st of October under the theme “Safe surfing”.
Addressing the press, ICT Minister Kazembe Kazembe said the campaign provides a perfect opportunity to promote cyber security awareness thereby instilling behavior change to protect people against cyber threats.
He said the campaign is relevant as the world is almost entirely dependent on hackable technology.
“Today we are almost entirely dependent on hackable technology. That is your phone, your computers, your car and credit card all these can be hacked into. In fact a hacker attack takes place worldwide every 39 seconds.
“During the NCSAM, the ministry and its stakeholders will lead the campaign, education, training, and workforce development efforts to support the protection against and response to cyber threats and hazards to individuals, companies and the nation at large,” he said.
Furthermore, the event filled campaign will promote online security and safety, cultivate a cyber security culture amongst Internet stakeholders and subsequently unlock new opportunities for the cyber security collaboration and information sharing, the ministry said.
For the duration of the month, the ICT ministry and its stakeholders will conduct conferences in Harare and Bulawayo, Security Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) events on all social media networking sites and Public lectures Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare.
In an effort to get the message across the country and particularly marginlised areas, the ministry will have cyber security talk shows on national radio and television stations.
In his remarks Minister Kazembe encouraged individuals, corporates and government departments to draw up key initiatives and measures to protect and mitigate citizens from online risks.
“I would like to encourage individuals, corporates, civil society, government departments, academic institutions to come up with their own measures to tackle the online risks faced by citizens and to proffer solutions for protecting them fro accessing risky content as well engaging in negative inline behavior” he said.