Cybersecurity, data protection in hyper-connected era

14 Jan, 2024 - 00:01 0 Views
Cybersecurity,  data protection in  hyper-connected era

The Sunday Mail

Davison Matsvimbo

As Zimbabwe enters a novel era of hyper-connectivity, it is of paramount importance for the nation to give top priority to cybersecurity and data protection to ensure the nation’s growth and unification.

The internet and technology are becoming ubiquitous, which increases the risks of data breaches and cyberattacks.

Therefore, this means Zimbabwe must create a strong cybersecurity system that safeguards its people and companies.

Protecting personal data is a crucial component of bringing the country together in this era of hyper-connectivity.

Sensitive information is stored and transmitted online by individuals and businesses in an increasingly digitalised culture.

This covers financial information, personal information and private company data. Such data can be misused, manipulated or accessed without authorisation, which can lead to serious issues like identity theft, money losses and reputational harm.

To safeguard the security and privacy of its citizens and enterprises, the nation must devise all-encompassing optimal methods for educating its people about data protection laws and regulations. These regulations should clearly define the rules for gathering, storing and using personal data, as well as the obligations placed on businesses to protect it.

To guarantee that people are notified as soon as their personal data is compromised, a user-friendly and responsive data breach notification system should also be in place.

Creating a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge is another essential part of using cybersecurity to unify the nation. The dynamic nature of cyber threats necessitates that professionals possess the requisite knowledge and abilities to properly tackle these issues.

To give people the tools they need to learn about the newest cyber threats, preventative measures and incident response techniques, the Government must fund cybersecurity education programmes and projects. Furthermore, it is imperative to build a united front against cyber threats through collaboration between the private and public sector.

It is the mandate of Government agencies, educational institutions and businesses to work together to share resources, information and global best practices.

Transportation networks, healthcare facilities and electricity grids are just a few examples of critical services that significantly rely on technology and connection.

A cyberattack on these infrastructure systems can lead to severe disruptions, potentially endangering public safety and compromising the nation’s security. The country must put strict cybersecurity safeguards in place to protect vital infrastructure.

Regular vulnerability assessments, the installation of strong firewalls, intrusion detection systems and access controls are all part of this. In the case of a cyber incident, the Government should set up emergency response plans to ensure coordinated measures to mitigate damage and quickly restore services.

Finally, educating the people about cybersecurity is essential in unifying the country against cyber threats. Many people don’t realise the risks related to their online activities and lack sufficient knowledge to protect themselves effectively.

The Government ought to start educating the public about safe internet practices, like using secure passwords, staying away from dubious downloads and links, and updating software and hardware on a regular basis.

Overall, cybersecurity and data protection must be given top priority as Zimbabwe enters the hyper-connected era in order to guarantee national growth and cohesion.

Zimbabwe can create a safe and robust digital environment by enacting comprehensive data protection laws, funding cybersecurity education initiatives, encouraging cross-sector cooperation, protecting vital infrastructure and increasing public awareness.

Only by making these efforts will Zimbabwe be able to secure its citizens’ prosperity in this era of hyper-connection and reap the benefits of technology without becoming a target of cyberattacks.


 Davison Matsvimbo is a certified data protection officer. Feedback: [email protected]


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