The South African government is set to collaborate with France in the fight against cyber crime.
SA is looking to boost the cyber and digital skills capacities which are key in investigating such crimes.
The two countries will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will result in the capacity building of 350 forensic investigators being trained in cyber forensic investigations with the support of a French International Technical expert regional advisor on cyber crime.
A government statement says the MOU will be signed today by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the French Embassy, together with the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority in Pretoria.
The first training of the forensic investigators is scheduled in September.
“As cyber crime has no boundaries, this MOU highlights the critical role of international cooperation (exchange of best practices and knowledge) to address the world digital revolution,” the SIU says.
In 2016, it was estimated that 8.8 million South Africans were hit by cyber crime.
According to the investigating unit, South Africa currently ranks as having the world’s third highest cyber crime attacks losing in excess of R2.2 billion to Internet fraud and phishing attacks annually.
The SIU attributes the high attack to the growth in online services which the criminals use to increase the scale of corruption.
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