Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has said the Electronic Transactions and Communications laws will help to give the regulator the mandate and legal basis to deal with cyber crimes.
Cyber crimes are criminal offenses committed through Internet or those aided by various forms of computer technology.
Speaking in Blantyre on Tuesday during the opening of the National Cyber Security Strategy Validation Workshop, Macra director general Godfrey Itaye said continued deployment and adoption of e-government, mobile money and online banking services call for security measures to promote trust in e-services and online transactions.
“As a regulator we are quite happy that these two new pieces of legislation will now give us the mandate and legal basis to deter and deal with cyber crimes,” he said.
The National Cyber Security Strategy was developed by Macra with technical support from Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations (CTO) and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In her remarks, head of political and public affairs for the British High Commission Hellen Chabunya hailed Macra and ICT players for the strategy.
In an earlier interview, CTO secretary general Shora Taylor said that cyber crime is on the increase in countries that are peaceful. n