Johannesburg - Many South Africans are falling prey to cybercrime because there is a lack of a national awareness programme, according to Craig Rosewarne, the founder and chairman of the Information Security Group of Africa.
Studies reveal that vulnerability and threat management processes are weak across all industries, including the public sector. The country faces a shortage of technical skills in cyber forensics, secure development and log management. The SAPS and prosecutors are also inadequately equipped to deal with cybercrime.
“The shortage of skills is of` such a degree that many industries are developing their own capability,” Rosewarne said during his presentation at the SecureJohannesburg Conference organised by (ISC)² and hosted by KPMG yesterday.
South Africa had fallen behind a dozen African countries, including Ethiopia, which boasted 24-hour national computer security incident response teams. The country had promised to launch a response team by June next year, he said.
Phishing, the fraudulent practice of soliciting personal information such as passwords via e-mail, and fraud on mobile platforms are major concerns.