College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Unisa assists SAPS to fight cybercrime - focusing on the youth

Prof Elmarie Kritzinger (School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology) and Lieutenant General, Sharon Jephta (SAPS)

Unisa’s Prof Elmarie Kritzinger, from the School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), was a presenter at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Cybercrime Conference held in Irene this month. The purpose of the conference was to advance the SAPS Draft National Cybercrime Strategy.

The focus of Kritzinger’s presentation was on cyber safety awareness for school learners. She emphasised that if cyber awareness increased, cybercrime would decrease. South Africa currently has 30 million cyber users, which could mean a total of 30 million potential cyber victims. It was, therefore, vital that all cyber users were made aware of how to protect themselves and their information.

The National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, attended the conference. In his opening address, he indicated that the young people of South Africa were currently vulnerable to cybercrime. The SAPS’s National Cybercrime Strategy would, therefore, also address cyber safety awareness for school learners, teachers and even the wider communities.

The CSET Unisa Cyber Safety Awareness Community Engagement Project will continue to assist government, industry and schools, as well as increase research outputs to improve the cyber knowledge and skills to grow a South African cyber culture for all cyber users.


* By Elmarie Kritzinger, Department of Information Systems, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Publish date: 2019/06/13