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Cyber security is no trivial matter

Minister Chinamasa

Minister Chinamasa

Christopher Farai Charamba Political Writer
The reshuffled Cabinet ushered in a new portfolio called the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. President Mugabe assigned former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to head this new ministry. Minister Chinamasa has also previously held the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio before.

The rationale behind the creation of this ministry, according to the Government, is to develop laws to deal with cyber crime and set up new structures in that area. This is why Minister Chinamasa was deployed to this ministry as a legal fundi. Soon after the appointment was made, social media was awash with jokes on the minister’s new role, with some suggesting that it was insignificant. On the contrary, the issue of cyber security is a pertinent one and Zimbabwe would do well to focus on particularly where traditionally there have been

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Industry Reaction: UK Parliament Cyber Attack ‘Was A Matter Of Time’

The British Parliament has spent the weekend battling and recovering from a “sustained and determined” cyber attack that targeted MP’s email accounts in an apparent attempt to access confidential information.

The House of Commons has been working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to investigate the attack, which is yet another example of the power hackers now wield and highlights how no-one, not even governments, are safe from cyber criminal activities.

In response to the news, several industry professionals have been speaking to Silicon to offer their thoughts and reactions.


A matter of time

Spencer Young, RVP EMEA at Imperva believes that, due to the inherent vulnerability of passwords, an attack such as this was an inevitability. “Passwords continue to be an Achilles Heel in the fight against cybercrime as improper user behaviour – such as weak passwords or Read more at: http://www.silicon.co.uk/security/reaction-parliament-cyber-attack-215713

‘Only a matter of time’ until ransomware virus hits UAE, experts say

ABU DHABI // Experts warn that the WannaCry virus, which has hit more than 200,000 people in 150 countries, will strike here – and probably already has.

There has yet to be a case reported, partly because monitoring the scale of the attack is close to impossible, and because it hit on a Friday when businesses and government departments were closed.

“We haven’t seen reports of it in Dubai yet because people are just coming into work at the beginning of the week, but the country isn’t insulated from these attacks,” said Amir Kolahzadeh, chief executive and founder of internet security company IT Sec.

“Today and over this week people will begin to report the attacks.

“To the unsuspecting user it’s just a file or an event that happens all of a sudden. Next thing you know you’re another victim.”

Some people are embarrassed to report that they have been attacked or afraid that

Read more at: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/only-a-matter-of-time-until-ransomware-virus-hits-uae-experts-say