There is no doubt that Cyber space has become a critical global infrastructure. With the dynamic development of newer electronic communications technologies and applications, especially the accelerated proliferation of broadband services, the digital security risks associated with all aspects of life have also increased exponentially, in SADC and the world over. As digital technologies are being accessed almost universally,cyber criminals are correspondingly becoming more innovative and creative in attacking the cyber domain. Furthermore, as the cyberspace becomes freer and more open, the associated risks also tend to rise in tandem. With the existence of weak, poor and underdeveloped cyber security strategies and policies; inadequate capacity and skills in cybersecurity as well as general lack of awareness and public education on cybercrime, most of SADC is greatly exposed to harmful attacks on its cyber domain.
The need for enhanced and effective cybersecurity collaboration is required if SADC is to respond effectively to cybercrime and to enhance the SADC Members States’ cyber resilience. It is a well-known fact that cyber criminals do not respect national borders and as such, there is an urgent need for regional cooperation; where a common vision and purpose should be identified for securing a free, open, secure and interoperable cyberspace.
The aim of this webinar, therefore, is to help kick-start the process of a series of talks on how the region can effectively and timely respond to cybercrime. This webinar will enable participants who are involved in internet governance, cyber policy, cyber-diplomacy and cybersecurity monitoring to identify the cybersecurity gaps in SADC and discuss the challenges being faced by SADC Member States in setting up effective cybersecurity policies, critical infrastructure and cross-border coordination.The webinar, which deliberately encompasses themes that are relevant to both the ICT and Postal Sector environment, will also explore what can be done to address these challenges, offering a review of international and regional best practices.