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US wants collaboration on cyber security

Deputy Commander for Military Operations for US Africa Command, James Vechery, has said cyber security is a real threat across the globe

He said there is need to have a common place to discuss such issues.

Vechery was speaking in Lilongwe Monday during the opening of the 12th Annual Africa Endeavur 2017 Leader Symposium.

“Cyber security is a key issue in the 21st century as we operate in more technically advanced environment, hence the need to bring together all the professionals in order to standardise training and procedures and make sure that all countries are working collectively in developing interoperability among African partner nations,” he said.

He further said the aim of the symposium is to help in building trust among countries through developing shared trainings which create solid relationships.

“Events like these help in breaking down some barriers since cyber security is a challenge that all countries face whether developed or the least developed, there is need to bring together different equations in solving this problem,” he said.

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander Griffin Supuni Phiri said Malawi stands to benefit a lot from the symposium.

“As a country, Malawi lacks equipment, expertise and other things, which makes it difficult to combat cyber-crimes in the government, military, finance and commerce, which leads to increased information theft and distortions on the internet and in offices, therefore as a nation, there is need to focus on cyber security which is a big piece towards our development,” he said.

He attributed the good performance of Malawi in peace-keeping in other countries to symposiums such as the recent one which teach standard operating procedures.

US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said strong military partnership between the United States and Malawi are important.

“As we work together to address traditional and non-traditional security threats, these partnerships will help ensure that we adopt the right responses and have the necessary resources to carry out our security missions. These partnerships have been a hallmark of US engagement in Africa for decades and will remain so into the future,” Palmer said.

The conference has brought together representatives from more than 45 nations from across Africa, Europe, and the United States.

It is being held under the theme “Interconnecting Africa through Communications Interoperability”.

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