New approach to address cyber security issues

Yesterday’s signing. (l-r) Director of VanIGF, Jackson Miake, GCIO Metsan, Brian Winji from TRBR, Acting Police Commissioner (VFP) Robson Iavro and Jimmy Rantes from VBS. Photo: Kizzy Kalsakau

Instead of working in isolation, government agencies dealing with cybercrime have decided to take a more holistic approach in tackling the problems of cyber security and cybercrime to protect citizens.

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), Vanuatu Police Force (VPF), Vanuatu Bureau of Standards (VBS), Vanuatu Internet Governance Forum (VanIGF) and the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to formalize this new approach.

The agreement was signed in a consultation on the National Cyber Security Strategy 2030 held at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila yesterday.

Government Chief Information Officer, Gerard Metsan, said the way authorities deal with cyber security and cyber-crime has to change.

He said the new approach will allow authorities to respond more efficiently to cyber security issues affecting lives in Vanuatu.

Cybercrime refers to criminal acts that are committed online or using a computer to threaten a person or nation’s security.

This includes hacking, identity theft and spreading hate speech.

Expected to be launched this year, the National Cyber Security Strategy aims to improve security and resilience of Vanuatu’s infrastructures and services.

It outlines national objectives and priorities to be achieve within the next 10 years. Cyber security awareness, cyber capability and literacy, standards, regulations and framework and resilience are some of its priorities.

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