GIS– 07 December, 2018: A Regional Centre of excellence on cybersecurity and cybercrime is being set up in Mauritius by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and will serve as a common platform for countries to discuss how law enforcement agencies can detect, handle and prosecute cyber criminals.
The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this statement yesterday at Voilà Hotel, Bagatelle, during a seminar on Cyber Incident Management and Essential Services Protection, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, and other personalities. The seminar was organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation in collaboration with the European Union (EU), in the context of the EU Cyber Resilience for Development Project (Cyber 4D).
In his address, Minister Sawmynaden highlighted that the Cyber 4D project aims at increasing the security and resilience of critical information infrastructure and networks supporting the critical services of priority countries, including Mauritius, while ensuring compliance with human rights and the rule of law and good governance principles. The project, he pointed out, which started in March 2018 and will run over 42 months, is funded by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. Expected outputs, he stated, are Strengthened Cybersecurity Policy, Strategical, and Coordination Frameworks; Increased Cybersecurity Incidence Response Capabilities; and Fostered Networks of Cyber Expertise and Cooperation.
The Minister underscored that the role of Mauritius in the Cyber 4D project will be that of one model cyber resilience country to share its experience and best practice within the region. The unlimited borders of cyber space and emerging technologies, he observed, have provided cyber criminals an unparalleled opportunity to compromise as well as damage a country’s critical infrastructure and one of the global and strategic challenges is how to sustain a safe environment while continuing to expand the benefits of a free and open cyber space.
He emphasised that, as Government recognises the serious threats caused by cyber criminals, the National Cyber Security Strategy and the National Cyber Crime Strategy have been developed to address cyber threats, protect the critical infrastructure of the country, and enhance the capabilities of law enforcement to detect, handle and prosecute cyber criminals. The National Cyber Incidence Response Plan has also been drafted by the Ministry and is now in the finalisation stage, he added.
For his part, Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo underlined that Mauritius can become a lighthouse for the whole region when it comes to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He added that Mauritius has the duty to share its knowledge and expertise in ICT with other African countries.
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