The National Cyber Security Advisory Council (NCAC), which will advise government on cyber security policy and technical issues, was yesterday officially inaugurated by the Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim.
Cabinet passed the National Cyber Security Policy Framework in March 2012 in terms of which the NCAC was established.

Carrim says that the policy framework “seeks to coordinate government’s activities on cyber security and also ensure more effective cooperation between government, the private sector and civil society in tackling cyber security threats”.

“With the increasing number and sophistication of cyber security threats, including online scams, data theft, and other threats, the role of the NCAC has become more important than ever,” Carrim says.

Carrim stressed that cyber security is a shared government responsibility and that several relevant departments would also be consulted regarding the advise given by the NCAC.

The NCAC members are:
* Chairperson: Dr. Barend Taute;
* Deputy chairperson: Ritasha Jethva;
* Sizwe Snail;
* Collen Weapond;
* Mark Heyink;
* Prof Tana Pistorius; and
* Dr Khomotso Kganyago.