Nasasira launches new policy to reinforce cyber security

KAMPALA: ICT minister John Nasasira has launched Uganda’s Cybersecurity Strategy to evolve her means of protecting information and information processing infrastructure against the current threats.
Mr Nasasira speaking at the 2015 Common Wealth Cyber Security Forum at London’s BT Centre in the UK said the blue print will help Uganda achieve its economic and social goals through a secure online environment.

“With the ever-changing threat landscape, efforts and strategies to combat threats need to be revised and updated to stand the test of time. Our National Information Security Strategy needs to be continuously revised and upgraded,” he said, according to a statement sent to this newspaper.
The two days conference which ended on Friday was attended by delegates from 26 countries in London where challenges and solutions to cyberscurity within its wider legal, social and economic context are discussed.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Securing the cyberspace for social and economic development”
Mr Nasasira further said the strategy is set to help to define an approach through which Uganda’s knowledge, skills and capacity can be grown to improve our cyber security capabilities.
The policy was partly funded by the UK government through the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. It is set to supplement already other existing laws on cybercrimes like computer misuse, protect electronic transactions and data protection.
The policy comes in the wake of increasing cybercrimes mainly that target bank’s Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and frauds targeted at individuals and private corporate bodies.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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