The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology (MCST), Mr. Tšoinyana Rapapa officiated a three-day cyber security capacity building workshop held in Maseru starting on Tuesday.

In his opening speech, the Minister highlighted the importance of conducting cybersecurity capacity in an attempt to assess the state of Lesotho’s readiness concerning cyberspace.

He mentioned that engagement of the Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) at the University of Cape Town, together with the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) at the University of Oxford will ensure the provision of expertise so as to ensure quality deliverables.

The rapid growth of technology has left all vulnerable to different sorts of crimes happening in the Cyberspace such as cyberbullying, invasion of privacy and fraud to mention but a few, the more reason why Lesotho and the world at large should stay alert in terms of security.

Above all, Mr. Rapapa noted that doing business online has also become the order of the day, hence the need to create an enabling environment to attract investors while also ensuring proper policies.

Also speaking, Professor Wallace Chigona of C3SA expressed his worry, saying Africa is not secured and the need to be secured in terms of its systems is key if it is to relate with other countries of the world.

Present at the workshop included LCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Nizam Goolam who thanked participants, saying the workshop marks the start of fruitful attainment of cyber status in Lesotho.

This workshop has been organised by MCST in collaboration with Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA). For the next two days, various sectors of society will be sharing their perceptions of the matter so that situational analysis is undertaken.

Upon completion of the workshop, a detailed report will be produced by C3SA and GCSCC. It will define the Lesotho cybersecurity context.

The report will further give a summary of findings for each factor and aspect, outlines the stages of cybersecurity maturity and provides recommendations. This will enable the country to advance its cybersecurity capacity.

Source: Office of the Spokesperson 10/05/2022

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