Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications has spearheaded the formation of a Special Joint Cyber-crime Crack Squad (SJCCS) In order to mitigate abusive and illegal use of digital platforms and vulnerabilities amongst and against Zambian citizens.
Transport and communication Minister Brain Mushimba says the SJCCS is an effort of collaboration amongst security agencies and other stakeholder groups.
“The exponential growth in the information and communication technology sector has created unprecedented opportunities for accelerated development in interactions by individuals and corporate entities facilitating the establishment of knowledge based digital societies.
Through ICTs, the ability for people to communicate, connect, share, learn, access information and express their opinions on matters that affect their lives and their communities has been enhanced enormously. People the world over including the people of Zambia, have benefited greatly by opportunities brought about by the emergence of the digital age.
However, the wider and increased availability to the digital platforms such as the Internet and mobile technology has led to some individuals using ICTs to propagate illegal vices,” says Mushimba .
Mushimba says the SJCCS has been established with the understanding that the ability to reduce risks brought about by the digital revolution requires the establishment of effective and efficient real-time and proactive strategies, saying such strategies can be developed and implemented through enhanced and improved collaboration between key cross-sectoral stakeholders.
The Minister explained that the adaptation of this multi-disciplinary collaborative approach reinforces Governments commitment to introducing measures and policies that will promote a safe, secure, resilient, reliable and inclusive ICT sector for increased and continued Investment and Development in Zambia.
“The Special Joint Cyber-crime Crack Squad (SJCCS) will play a lead role in bringing some level of sanity amongst digital platform users in the country. It will support the identification of investigative overlaps and eliminate duplicity of resources whilst effecting new investigative approaches to bring about rapid resolution of cyber crime cases and fast-track prosecution of the offenders. This team will help ensure that public digital platforms including social media are not used as vehicles for illegal and harmful activities,” he added.
Engineer Mushimba further stated that the Ministry remains committed to promoting the responsible and productive use of digital platforms Further condemning all forms of cyber crime and the harmful use of social media.