Malawi lack capacity to fight cyber security threats, says Army Commander

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Griffin Supuni-Phiri has said the country is not equipped to deal with cyber crimes.

Malawi Defence Force, Commander, General Supuni Phiri: Malawi ill-equipped to fight cyber-crimes

“As a country, Malawi lacks equipment, expertise and other things , which makes it difficult to combat cyber crimes in the government, military, finance and commerce, which leads to increased information theft and distortions on the internet and in offices,” said Supuni Phiri.

He was speaking at the opening of the African Endeavour 2017 – a senior African military leadership symposium underway in Lilongwe.

The symposium is being co-hosted by MDF and United States (US) military.

In his remarks, Supuni –Phiri said “there is need [for Malawi] to focus on cyber security which is a big piece towards our development.”

Malawi army Commander strongly believes “the strategy of working together” through multinational and combined training will enable MDF to bridge the gap.

US Deputy Commander if Africa Military Operations Lieutenant General James C. Vechery, said cyber crimes is real threat across the globe and that there is need “to bring together all the professionals in order to standardise training and procedures and make sure that all countries are working collectively in developing interoperability among African countries.”

He the symposium will help African countries as they tackle shared challenges on the continent.

US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer said strong military partnership between US and Malawi are important.

“These partnerships have been a hallmark of US engagement in Africa for decades and will remain so into the future,” she said.

The symposium which has brought together representatives from more than 45 nations from across Africa, Europe and the US, is being held under the theme Interconnecting Africa through Communications Interoperability.

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Black Market
Black Market
5 years ago

The statement from the Commander is complete, very concise and true. Have u realised the main reason why it is so? Malawi Government does not have ICT or it uses outsourcing in every endeavour, those who are working as ICT are all dull and useless.
The main problem is that ICT department is obsolete and OPC does not want to correct the situation until we are hearing such statements today. ICT is in the youth and NOT in aged people. You cant do without ICT evenif u have influences. Policies without implementation are useless.

waoza phiri
waoza phiri
5 years ago

Hahaha Malaw has IT gurus that have skills and tools for Cyber Security as this is just part of IT Security

Cadet Meke
Cadet Meke
5 years ago

Nkhani mwayifotokoza bwino zedi a Subuni, ndipo ine ndakuthokozani for your honesty.

Komatu tsono would you agree kuti vutoli talikulitsa kwambiri kwathuko kamba ka tsankho, kumalemba ntchito anthu oti they have nothing in their heads just for their affiliation to the ruling party or because they are from those ruling tribes.

Unless that is addressed, government of Malawi is yet to see the worst.

George M T Chirwa
George M T Chirwa
5 years ago

Cyber security is huge and as a country we need to develop talent along that area as security breaches are a reality due to the rise of internet usage in our day to day lives ,world wide there is a security gap in qualified personal in the cyber security domain , organisations still put the network defense on firewalls with incorporating the defense in depth strategies to thwart security breaches, human interaction is needed with the security analysts correlating data and investigating events due to alerts coming from deployed IDS and IPS. Security devices with human resources will not be… Read more »

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