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Cyber Security Threats

First and Foremost, too understand the importance of Zimbabwe Cyber Security Association and Cyber Security in general, you need to understand where Zimbabwe stands when it comes to the internet and devices.

Across Zimbabwe expect cyber security to have an explosion of growth over the next few years. Statistics provided by Postal & Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) show that Zimbabwe has witnessed significant growth of the internet, with figures showing a penetration rate of 50% in 2016, Furthermore, on 30 June 2017, the total number of internet subscriptions was 6,668,155 (POTRAZ, 2017) and another report by POTRAZ (2016) shows Zimbabwe now has 12,878,926 mobile phone subscribers. These numbers show that there is a growing market for Internet use and Zimbabwe is adapting technologically, thus laying a foundation for threats that come with such advancements namely hackers, or simply the millions of trojans, viruses, phising scams on the internet.

Zimbabwe has suffered numerous cyber security breaches on various institutions but mostly in government departments. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ 2015), cyber crime is listed as one of the crimes contributing to the US$1, 8 billion estimated illicit proceeds generated from criminal activity annually in Zimbabwe. Between 2011 and 2015, about 140 cases of cyber crimes were reported and these include; Phishing (20); Credit Card Fraud (13); Identity Theft (10); Unauthorized Access (24); Hacking (72); and Telecommunications Piracy (1). These statistics are evidence of Zimbabwe’s vulnerability to computer and cyber crimes and thus the pressing need for cyber security experts.

The fast growth when it comes to internet accessibility has become a breeding ground for criminals who know most Zimbabweans do not practice safe use of the internet or do not know signs of phishing scams, or the importance of an up to date anti-virus. There is a need to educate our people and not let them think the internet ” inoperera pafacebook”. Our goal is to bring enlightenment on the potential negative effects of unsafe practices on the internet that can cause damage to your devices/loss of personal data to hackers/viruses. Ignorance and procrastination must not prevail when it comes to Cyber Security. An Estimated 1.8 billion is generated in Zimbabwe through Cyber Crimes.

Zimbabwe Cyber Security Association Provides hints and tips on how some of the hackers ways,  plus tips to prevent anything happening to your system. Our Posts on Facebook, give the average Zimbabwean an insight and simplified ways in the techniques used by hackers.Vist https://www.facebook.com/zimethicalhackers/

 

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