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UK to help Malawi fight cyber crime

UNITED—Tett shakes hands with Botomoni

By Emmanuel Simpkolwe:

British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, has said her government is committed to supporting Malawi in the fight against cybercrime and risks.

She was speaking in Lilongwe during a capacity building workshop for cyber security assessment specialists, which Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority has organised with funds from the UK Government.

Tett said the increasing digitisation of the economy and society adds to the challenge, as people’s dependency on connected devices and services increases risk of cyber crime.

She disclosed that in 2017 alone, over 70 percent of large businesses, 64 percent of medium businesses and 42 percent of small businesses in Britain suffered some sort of cyber breach.

“It’s a cyber world that is changing at an incredible rate, making the world more interconnected than ever before. The way we do business, use information and communicate with each other has changed beyond recognition in our lifetimes,” she said.

“In the wrong hands, cyber technology can be used to disrupt our lives, instead of improving them. It can be harnessed by malign actors to disrupt our democracies, undermine our financial systems and cripple our critical infrastructure. [Hence], we are keen to share our learning so you do not have to make the same mistakes as we did! The UK team will also be training your local team who will lead the process for Malawi, so you have the capability to run future iterations without our support.”

Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Minister, Mark Botomani, said the government has measures to deal with cybercrimes.

Botomani also told journalists that Malawi was recently elected as second vice-chairperson of the Bureau of the Specialised Technical Committee on Communication and Information and Communication Technologies in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

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