Government has moved a step closer to closing the net on cyber criminals after the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill was passed in parliament this Tuesday.
The clock is ticking for cyber criminals as the government is finalising a policy document that will effectively curb cyber-related offences and provide data protection for citizens.
United Kingdom based Cyber Security expert, Dr Samuel Chindaro is confident the Bill which now awaits Presidential assent will be pivotal in addressing the scourge of internet hacking and card cloning, among other illicit cyber activities that have bled the economy of millions of dollars.
“This was a long overdue process and I believe this is one of the avenues where government will be able to seriously address cyber-crimes that have seriously exposed both corporates and individuals,” he said.
According to data from the country’s specialised serious crimes unit, computer generated crimes have seen millions of dollars being siphoned from local companies and individuals.
The Cyber Security Report 2021 released last week reveals that Zimbabwe is among Africa countries facing the most common cyber security threats such malware, web-application attacks, email phishing and impersonation, identity theft, data breaches and denial of services.
If signed into law, the Cyber Bill which amends the country’s criminal code for cyber-crime will provide for the investigation and collection of evidence and data breaches, resulting in the admissibility of electronic evidence in court.