ZICTA to open forensic Laboratory to help curb Cyber Crime

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) will soon open regional forensic laboratories under the Zambia Police to help curb cyber crime.

ZICTA Cyber Security Manager Choolwe Nalubamba said currently, it was hard for police to track down cyber criminals due to lack of knowledge and infrastructure.

Nalubamba said this in a presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication during a ZICTA workshop in Lusaka today.

He explained that the regional laboratories were meant to help scale up security of internet users countrywide.

Nalubamba noted that currently, law enforcement agencies were responding slowly to cyber crime.

He revealed that ZICTA has also formed a Computer Incidence Response Team (CIRT) which conducts awareness programmes on internet safety.

Meanwhile, ZICTA Licensing Manager Isaac Nonde said only 5,000 post boxes were currently in existence countrywide.

These post boxes are serving a population of about 12 million people.

Nonde said ZICTA has also embarked on a project to replace broken street name posters and to number houses that have no house numbers.

He said some human settlements did not have any street names or house numbers, making it difficult to effectively delivery services to such places.

Nonde also explained that the project will be done in two phases.

He said the first phase, which is the pilot phase currently being done in Lusaka at the cost of KR 5 million, will be completed in the next 60 days.

He said another KR5 million will be spent in implementing the project on the remaining part of Lusaka which will not be covered in phase one.

Nonde said KR4 million will be used for the similar project in Livingstone.

He said ZICTA will have to source for more funds to roll out the project to other parts of the country.

Nonde said the exercise will help improve the response of emergency systems in the country, adding that it will also help revive the physical delivery of mail and parcels.