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INSA convenes consultation on draft of national cyber security policy

Addis Ababa, October 2, 2023 (FBC) – The Ethiopian Information Network Security Administration (INSA) hosted a consultative forum on the draft “National Cyber-Security Policy” involving the country’s various stakeholders.

Participants of the consultation include the Office of the Prime Minister (PMOEthiopia), the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute (EAII), the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) and other relevant stakeholders.

During the firum, the INSA Director-General, Solomon Soka, said that the phenomenon in cyberspace is fast and dynamic.

He stated that the national cyber-security draft policy is designed to be adaptable with the global dynamism in cyberspace and to the contemporary age, in that regard.

The main pushing factors for the preparation of a national cyber security policy include cyber-security is cross-border phenomena and the dynamics of its behavior; and the implementation of Digital Ethiopia 2025 strategy requires cyber-security more than before, the INSA Director-General said.

Underscoring that cyber attack is the biggest threat to the world after climate change, Solomon Soka said it has become a great starting point to formulate a national cyber security policy in pursuant to the modern age to increase cyber diplomacy.

Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister, Tesfaye Dhaba, said that cyber-security is the responsibility of all parties and to ensure this, citizens, the private sector, and the relevant parties must shoulder the responsibility.

It is indicated that INSA is engaged in protecting the country’s cyber-security as its priority mission.

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