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A National Cyber Security Strategy in the pipeline, announces ICT Minister

Date: December 02, 2013
Domain:ICT
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS – December 2, 2013:     We are soon coming forward with a National Cyber Security Strategy which aims to develop Mauritius as a trusted and robust information and communication hub, announced the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum this morning in Cyber Tower 1, Ebène.
 
The Minister was speaking at the launching of a cyber security conference being held in the context of Computer Security Day 2013.
 
According to the Minister, the Strategy will enhance the security of Mauritius’ critical information infrastructure and address the security of businesses and individuals by adopting a collaborative approach across the public and private sectors.
 
Like the rest of the world, observed the Minister, Mauritius also faces serious cyber threats and lots of people are becoming victim of phishing attacks, internet fraud, blackmailing, sextortion, viruses, Trojan Programs, cyber terrorism and many more.  ‘These activities can cause severe damage to our economy and the everyday lives of people.  Cybercrimes, especially Internet fraud are on rise year by year and the Internet is increasingly associated with illegal and criminal behaviours’, he pointed out.
 
The Minister stressed the need to build a robust legal system so as to maintain cyber security.  ‘Just as in the real world, activities in cyberspace too need to be governed by law.  We can proudly say that our legislations are harmonised with the Budapest convention on cybercrime.  Our legal framework reassures cyber security and punishment to cyber criminals, protection of basic rights such as the right to privacy, and promotion of technological innovation and fair competition in the marketplace’, he added.
 
About the Cyber security conference
 
The full-day Cyber security conference is bringing together Business Executives, Senior Management and Information Security Professionals.
 
Organised by CERT-MU (Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius), a division of the National Computer Board, the aim is to enable participants acquire knowledge and keep up-to-date with the latest technologies in the field of Information Security.
 
Local and foreign speakers, from the Information Technology industry, are discussing current challenges and future opportunities in cyber-security.  Topics being covered include: threats, attacks and mitigation strategies; and information security trends.
 
Other activities being held to mark Computer Security Day include: launching of a booklet entitled Identity and Access Management in a Mobile World; an exhibition in parallel to the conference to showcase the latest products on Information Security and three professional Training programmes related to Information Security scheduled during the first two weeks of December 2013.
 
Computer Security Day
 
Computer Security Day is an annual event that is observed worldwide since 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues and to promote best practices in Information Security.  The objective is also to provide insight into the privacy and security issues surrounding electronically stored sensitive information.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website: http://gis.gov.mu
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