The impact of Increase in Broadband Access on South African National Security and the Average Citizen

Abstract

South Africa is the entry point to Africa and with the impending increase in broadband access, the average citizen could in future be used as a hub for launching cyber attacks on the rest of the world. This will pose a national security threat not only to South Africa but also to the rest of the world. This exponential increase in internet broadband will also result in an increase in security threats. A national security generic framework is used to analyse these threats and the impact on the average citizen with some proposals of addressing the threats.


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Photo of Professor Joey Jansen van Vuuren (PhD)

Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria,
South Africa

Prof. Joey Jansen van Vuuren heads the Computer Science Department at Tshwane University of Technology and is the Vice Chair of IFIP (Federation for Information Processing) Working Group 9.10. Her research focus on cybersecurity, education, government, and policy. She was the coordinator of the South African Cybersecurity Centre of Innovation for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that initiated several cybersecurity government initiatives in South Africa.

Photo of Dr. Jackie Phahlamohlaka

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Jackie Phahlamohlaka’s research interests are in ICT and socio-economic development, web-based group support systems, and, most recently, broadband access and national security. He is, since 2019, a chief researcher in cybersecurity at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, where he has been serving as a Competency Area Manager since 2006.

Government Information Technology Officer in the Defence Secretariat, Department of Defence, Pretoria,
South Africa

M. Brazzoli joined South African Air Force in 1968 and obtained his B MIL (B.Sc.) at the Military Academy. He obtained a M.Sc. (Engineering Management) at the University of Pretoria in 1992. In 2001 he was appointed Director Information and Communication Technology. In January 2003 he established the new Directorate Information Warfare. He was promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed as the Department of Defence, Government Information Technology Officer on 01 May 2008 and in this capacity represented South Africa at the United Nations as a Cyber Security expert.

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Keywords

A

AI
APT

C

C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

D

DNS
DoD
DoS

I

IA
ICS

M

S

SOA

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XRY

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