Seems Hon Patrick Chinamasa will always be on our lips, then as the Minister of Finance and Economic Development and now even more as the Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.
It’s just a few weeks back that we were expressing our disdain over his famous “…..I am not saying cash is not being sold, but I do not know about it because I would not be there when people sell it” statement. And now that he has been put in charge of something virtual, can’t help but wonder how much more will he ‘not know’.
Anyway, let’s forget about the face on the ministry but focus on the ministry itself (we might need do a different one for that). So what does it mean to have a ministry solely dedicated to Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation? Is it even necessary for us?
It’s good because we have a background story or at least what we think to be; the WhatsApp messages that led to the panic buying that led to the hike in prices that led to the desire to create a cyber-bill and now clearly leading to the creation of a new ministry altogether. But well, that is just the official story. We have our own sentiments that say No, the story doesn’t start at WhatsApp, WhatsApp only communicated an already existing story, maybe blew it out of proportion a bit, but still it didn’t initiate the story. But either way, we are here now. We now have a ministry of Cyber Security.
Because of the reason above, plus the response from the government to that speculation, and of course the memes that were created soon after the new appointments, the expressed sentiments suggest that this new ministry is all about social media; but is it? Yes of course there’s a lot of social media involved in this, but I surely hope with everything in me that it’s not just that otherwise this development would just yet again be some waste of resources.
But because I somehow want to believe that it is a necessary ministry, I will try to justify it.
Remember how the ministry of ICT has been on about digitisation, innovation and technology (even generating an Innovation Fund which we still waiting for the results by the way). So maybe this is a sure sign that indeed we about to really go all digital. Had that not been the case, pretty sure one ministry would have been enough to deal with cyber security, after all even ransomware like WannaCry discriminate against us since we really are not big online.
Or. Since banks are going paperless, there is now need to invest more in cyber security. Well, right now we might not have much to protect in our banks but maybe the ministry needs to exist now just so that it’s well versed with these issues once things normalise maybe? (yes they will, however long it takes).
Also, the biggest threats are now online more than they are in the physical space. But then again, that’s a first world problem and we only in the third world (isn’t it a good thing it only ends at three?). So maybe we are being too ambitious.
Gees, I’ve tried justifying the ministry but I can’t seem to have good enough reasons. Maybe you could help?