The National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) has been recently launched to strengthen national security and address cyber-threats in Vanuatu.
It provides the government’s plan on various national cyber security goals, objectives, priorities, the level of cyber-readiness and resilience to be achieve within the next 10 years.
Vanuatu is no different to other countries where decision makers and security professionals are struggling to keep up with the pace of the ever-changing threats and threat behaviors.
The likes of phishing attacks, online scams, ransomware, the rise of IoT bots, botnets, malware attacks and defacing of websites are also threatening Vanuatu’s internet environment.
Vanuatu needs to be proactive in cyber security.
The NCSS emphasizes on the importance of cyber security education and the urgent need to unify efforts through the multi-stakeholder framework.
Cyber resilience, cyber security awareness, cyber capability and literacy, addressing cyber crime, international engagement, and cyber security standards and legal frameworks are some of the strategies priorities.
The strategy sets outlines the national aspiration, set out in the National Security Strategy pillar 5: Cyber Security, which was founded on the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2020, for a safe, secured, resilient, stable, sustainable and prosperous Vanuatu.
Prime Minister (PM), Bob Loughman, said Vanuatu needs to strengthen its ICT governance.
“The people are the heart of government.
“ICT must not be used in a way that causes disrespect and conflict to families, community and the society as a whole.
“ICT should be used to connect people, expand education and health services, connect remote areas and grow businesses and the economy.
“The ICT environment must be safe and secure for businesses to thrive. Efforts are needed to safeguard our cyber space from cyber threats.”
PM Loughman urged the National ICT Development Committee to ensure that Vanuatu fully implement the strategy.
All stakeholders are encouraged to support the committee and make sure it provides clear direction on the strategy implementation.
The NCSS 2030 was launched with a new Bislama website on cyber security and cyber safety,during the recent National ICT Development Committee meeting in Port Vila.
The government of Australia, through its Grant Program, is acknowledged for its assistance in the development of the NCSS.
United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office is applauded for its assistance in the creation of the Bislama website.
Stakeholders, institutions and individuals who contribute to the development of the strategy are also commended.