South Africa's government is taking cyber-crime seriously and hopes to finalise a policy regarding IT security by the end of the year.
"As we embrace a plethora of new technologies, which by their very nature and design are globally interconnected and interdependent, we must remain vigilant to the inherent ills and risks associated with the usage thereof," says Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda.
"This situation creates risks that need to be managed at national, regional and international levels.
"The enhancement of cyber security and protection of critical information infrastructures is essential to our country's economic and social well being, and the maintenance of the national security," he says.
"A national cyber-security policy will be finalised by the end of the year. This initiative is our contribution towards combating crime in our country, another government priority.
"The policy will ensure a harmonised and co-ordinated approach to cyber-security and to build confidence for secure use of ICTs. The policy will also facilitate the development and implementation of strategies to raise awareness at all levels of society, enhance law enforcement and foster public private partnership on matters regarding cyber-crime."