Download: Zimbabwe’s Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill

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The Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill has been on the horizon for a while now. On Friday the bill was finally gazetted by government. It will then go through debate in parliament as it journeys to become the law or until it is rejected.

It is quite an important bill and we look forward to scrutinizing the details. The memorandum explaining the bill begins by describing as follows:

The purpose of this Bill is to consolidate cyber related offences and provide for data protection with due regard to the Declaration of Rights under the Constitution and the public and national interest, to establish a Cyber Security Centre and a Data Protection Authority, to provide for their functions, provide for investigation and collection of evidence of cyber crime and unauthorised data collection and breaches, and to provide for admissibility of electronic evidence for such offences. It will create a technology driven business environment and encourage technological development and the lawful use of technology.

Here is the download:


  1. Marlon Maketo Kudakwashe Tsuro

    Ultimately, cybersecurity attacks are trying to get at a person’s or company’s data, and the risk for a data breach at an organization of any size has become increasingly higher. However, this year there’s been a distinct focus on cyber security, as companies have grown more aware of the various types of data breaches and the impact they can have on their brand, reputation and customer loyalty, not to mention the costs involved to properly notify all parties of the breach.

    Companies are making it a priority to protect their organizations from data breaches by offering data security training, creating a company-wide data breach policy with a response plan ready to implement when/if it is needed. Small businesses can also help prevent data breaches by:
    Keeping Data Safe: Because many data breaches happen because of employee error, staff should only have access to the information vital to their particular role within the company. Additionally, consider records retentions programs that require employees to purge files both on their computers and any hard copies they keep (according to the program), destroying the information in the proper manner.
    Password Protection Program: To stay protected from a data breach, small businesses and their employees should use strong passwords for every site accessed on a daily basis. Also, passwords should never be shared between employees or written down where others can see it.
    Update Security Software: Companies should utilize firewalls, anti-virus software and anti-spyware programs to help ensure sensitive data cannot be easily accessed by hackers. However, these security programs also require regular updates to keep them free from vulnerabilities, so make sure to check any software vendors’ websites to learn about upcoming security patches and other updates.

  2. Marlon Maketo Kudakwashe Tsuro

    Cybersecurity is important because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting our sensitive data, personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), personal information, intellectual property, data, and governmental and industry information systems from theft and damage attempted by criminals and adversaries.

    Gone are the days of simple firewalls and antivirus software being your sole security measures. Business leaders can no longer leave information security to cybersecurity professionals.

    Cyber threats can come from any level of your organization. You must educate your staff about simple social engineering scams like phishing and more sophisticated cybersecurity attacks like ransomware attacks (think WannaCry) or other malware designed to steal intellectual property or personal data.

    GDPR and other laws mean that cybersecurity is no longer something businesses of any size can ignore. Security incidents regularly affect businesses of all sizes and often make the front page causing irreversible reputational damage to the companies involved.

    If you are not yet worried about cybersecurity, you should be.

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