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The Cybersecurity Hub was established in October 2015. The Cybersecurity Hub is mandated by the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) which was passed by Cabinet in March 2012.

The Cybersecurity Hub is South Africa’s National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and strives to make Cyberspace an environment where all residents of South Africa can safely communicate, socialise, and transact in confidence. It achieves this by working with stakeholders from government, the private sector, civil society and the public with a view to identifying and countering cybersecurity threats.

The Cybersecurity Hub enhances interaction, consultations and promotes a coordinated approach regarding engagements with the private sector and civil society. As a key point of contact for cybersecurity matters, it coordinates cybersecurity response activities, and facilitates information and technology sharing.

Useful Links

National Cybersecurity policy Framework

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Cybersecurity is a national imperative and as such demands a coordinated and holistic approach. This is even more so for Cybersecurity Awareness initiatives which needs to reach all residents of a country.

Cybersecurity Awareness is a matter of cultural challenge and behavioural change. Getting people to act is the primary challenge; usually they will act only when they have been exposed to security problems, or somebody they know has been. Young users can be good promoters of a message and through educating them, parents can often be reached as well. The earlier the education starts, the stronger the effects on users’ Internet behaviour.

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Internationally, various governments have allocated resources to improving levels of awareness amongst citizens


The Departments of Telecommunications and Postal Services receives its mandate for Cybersecurity and specifically for the development of Cybersecurity Awareness platforms and programs from the National Cybersecurity Policy framework (NCPF).

The NCPF was passed by Parliament in March 2012 and in part states “To effectively deal with Cybersecurity, it is prudent that civil society, government and the private sector play their part in ensuring South Africa has a culture of Cybersecurity.”

Our broad mandate also involves improving the confidence in citizens in the use of cyberspace and to ensure that it is a safe place to interact and transact.

Useful Links and Documents

South Africa’s National Cybersecurity Policy Framework


Other Documents

SANS Cybersecurity Awareness Report 2016

Security Awareness Report






Our Mandate









Cybercrime has been defined as “any criminal or other offence that is facilitated by or involves the use of electronic communications or information systems, including any device or the Internet or any one or more of them” "Cybersecurity" is the practice of making the networks that constitute cyberspace secure against intrusions, maintaining confidentiality, availability and integrity of information, detecting intrusions and incidents that do occur, and responding to and recovering from them.

Cybercrime and cybersecurity are issues that can hardly be separated in an interconnected environment. The fact that the 2010 UN General Assembly resolution on cybersecurity addresses cybercrime as one major challenge underlines this.

Useful Links and Documents.

South African Banking & Risk Information Centre (SABRIC)

South African Cybersecurity Awareness 2017

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