Cyber security a top priority for State Security

The Minister told MPs his agency's ability to combat cyber crime will be beefed up.

FILE: State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday said cyber security is a top priority for his department this year. Picture: Sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday said cyber security is a top priority for the agency this year.

He's told Members of Parliament (MPs) the State Security Agency's ability to combat cyber crime will be beefed up.

Mahlobo was delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday.

He referred to the Bruce Willis movie, Live Free or Die Hard, in which hackers take down the transport system, then communications, then finally the power grid.

"Electronic computing and communication poses some of the most complex challenges the world has ever faced".

Mahlobo also referred to the use of the internet to try and recruit a 15-year-old South African girl to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

He said cyber-security policy is being finalised and that a bill is expected to come before Cabinet sometime this year.