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Government recruits personnel for cyber monitoring

THE monitoring and surveillance of the cyber space in Zimbabwe is set to begin in earnest after government advertised posts for key personnel to spearhead the project.

In readiness for the promulgation of the Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Bill, the Office of the President and the Cabinet (OPC) has started recruiting people in the field of cyber monitoring , risk management and mitigation.

The OPC at the weekend advertised posts of director, and deputy director, of National Cyber security Network Operations Centre, as the enactment of the cyber law looms.

The advert says the deputy director’s roles would include to “plan, implement and operate systems that can detect cyber-attacks on client systems before or during the attack, convey the unique requirements of high severity incidents, develop policies and protocols for hiring and building new processes, establish and efficient Security Information and Event Management (Siem) software to analyse, log and event data in real time.”

The director of cyber security would have a supervisory role that includes to: “lead, guide and coordinate the strategic planning and implementation of the work for the cyber security centre.”

The job also includes providing tactical and strategic management of the cyber security centre.

When Cabinet approved the Cyber Bill in October, then acting information minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said it would penalize persons who generate, distribute or otherwise broadcast data concerning an identifiable person knowing it to be false or intending to to cause psychological and economic harm, curbing transmission of pornographic material and data protection with due regard to constitutional rights and public interest under the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ).

In January, Government shut down the internet for close to a week when violence and looting of shops took place following protests over fuel price hike.

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