Margaret Matibiri in Kadoma
Shocking revelations has it that Zimbabwe is not safe from cyber crimes as it currently trends at number 113 out of 176 countries on the global cybersecurity index, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has said.
Speaking during an Information Communications Technology (ICT) parliamentary portfolio meeting in Kadoma on Friday, POTRAZ Director General Gift Machengete indicated that Zimbabwe was lagging behind in terms of cybersecurity.
“Whilst ICTs are the backbone of modern day economies they have also come with drawbacks. They have brought new threats, threats that continue to grow in scale, sophistication and severity,” Machengete said.
“One of these threats is cybercrime where criminals are turning to the internet to facilitate criminal activities. It is estimated that proceeds from cybercrime worldwide are worth an estimated US1 trillion a year, constituting 5% of the global GDP.
“The 2017 ITU Cybersecurity assessment report ranked Zimbabwe 113 out of 176 countries on the Global Cybersecurity Index, which means we are really not safe. We therefore need to accelerate the gazetting of the National Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill to mitigate security risks and cyber-crime related threats.” he said.
POTRAZ has however taken an initiative to educate the masses on awareness in line in with cyber security. In that vein, the authority held a consumer education awareness campaign in Rimuka on Saturday afternoon.
The rise in cyber crimes has been evident in Zimbabwe after the Harare magistrates court has been seized with such related cases.
Case in point is the matter in which Zanu PF legislator Dexter Nduna and two Gatawa brothers from Kadoma lost over R1million in a botched mineral supply cyber deal as there was no direct link to the offence to any individual who could be prosecuted.
Businessmen and socialites Genius Kadungure and Wicknel Chivayo were both acquitted of the charges after the court failed to find any nexus linking the two to the cybercrime.