SOUTH AFRICA, FRANCE TO SIGN MOU TO COLLABORATE IN FIGHT AGAINST CYBERCRIME

PRETORIA, With cybercrime attacks on the rise in South Africa, thje government is set to collaborate with France in order to boost its cyber and digital skills which are key in investigating such crimes.

The two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will result in building the capacity of 350 South African forensic investigators through training in cyber forensic investigations with the support of a French international technical expert regional adviser on cybercrime.

The MoU will be signed here Wednesday by the government’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the French Embassy, together with the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA). Training of the first batch of forensic investigators is scheduled in September.

As cybercrime has no boundaries, this MoU highlights the critical role of international cooperation (exchange of best practices and knowledge) to address the world digital revolution, the SIU said on Tuesday.

In 2016, it was estimated that 8.8 million South Africans were hit by cybercrime.

According to the SIU, South Africa currently ranks as having the world’s third highest cybercrime attacks, losing in excess of 2.2 billion Rand (one US dollar = about 13 Rand) to Internet fraud and phishing attacks annually.

The SIU attributes the high rate of attacks to the growth of online services which the criminals use to increase the scale of corruption.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK