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Mauritius takes yet another stride in the ICT space

Mauritius takes yet another stride in the ICT space

Besides developing Mauritius into a regional ICT hub for Sub-Saharan Africa, the National Cyber Security Strategy will also protect individuals and businesses from serious cyber threats. (Image: Mopays)

A National Cyber Security Strategy to develop Mauritius into a trusted and robust information and communication (ICT) hub, is just around the corner for the island economy.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, made this landmark announcement yesterday.

He was addressing delegates at a Cyber Security conference held at Ebène to mark Computer Security Day 2013, an annual event observed since 1988 to raise awareness of cyber security and promote best practices in Information Security.

According to Pillay, the strategy will enhance the security of Mauritius’ critical information infrastructure and address the security of businesses and individuals through collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Besides developing Mauritius into a regional ICT hub for Sub-Saharan Africa, the cyber security strategy will also protect individuals and businesses from serious cyber threats.

Mauritians, like the rest of the global population, are increasingly falling victim to cyber terrorism, phishing attacks, internet fraud, blackmailing, sextortion, viruses, Trojan Programs and other cyber threats, Pillay noted.

“These activities can cause severe damage to our economy and our people.  Cybercrimes, especially Internet fraud, are on rise year by year and the Internet is increasingly associated with illegal and criminal behaviour”, he pointed out.

The minister also stressed the need to build a robust legal system to maintain cyber security.

“Just as in the real world, activities in cyberspace too need to be governed by law. 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.

Meanwhile, the full-day cyber security conference, held yesterday under the aegis of the National Computer Board, brought together business executives, senior management and Information Security professionals.

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