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Institute defends use of digital certificates to stop cyber crimes

The director-general of the Institute of Administrative Modernization (IMA) defended on Friday the use of digital certificates as a measure to stop the constant cyber crimes that “compromise” the integrity of banking services and other sectors of the country.


For Meick Afonso, the use of digital certificates "is extremely important" as it allows, "through secure and encrypted data files", to establish the identity of people and electronic assets on the Internet or in the private networks of organizations.

"[Digital certificates] allow secure and encrypted 'online' communication and are consequently used to protect 'online' transactions", said the official in Luanda.

The official, who was speaking at the opening of the III Angolan Congress on Banking Law, considered that every time we talk about technological evolution and digitalization, we should talk about "security and ways to prevent cybercrime".

He recalled that Angola has "increasingly more crimes and actions that compromise the integrity of services, both in traditional banks and in digital financial services".

"Therefore, it is recommended to apply a set of procedures to reduce and end fraud in card cloning and identity theft and promote data integrity", he highlighted.

"Cybercrime in Angolan Banking and Protection Mechanisms" was one of the topics addressed at the congress, when Angola recently registered several acts that amount to cybercrime, namely computer attacks on public institutions, banks and others.

According to Meick Afonso, the Executive is aware that digital financial services "are a path to Angola's growth and prosperity", referring that "several efforts have been made to achieve this objective in a safe and reliable way".

According to the official, the implementation of "Electronic Know Your Customer", a Public Key Infrastructure for the issuance of digital certificates and support for electronic signatures and time stamps and the strengthening of 'open banking' are some of the actions ongoing.

The director-general of the IMA also noted that the Executive's commitment to the development of electronic governance "has resulted in the effort to reduce bureaucracy and simplification of public services and in the development of new measures for the transformation of the digital mesh".

Over the years, he noted, Angola has taken "large steps towards improving the public sector through its digitization, currently occupying position 157 in the Electronic Government Development Index".

"Our country also ranks 106 in the Electronic Government Maturity Index, 126 in the Economies' Technological Readiness Index, 160 in the ICT Development Index, 148 in the National Cybersecurity Index and 151 of the Global Cybersecurity Index", noted Meick Afonso.

The mentioned indicators lead "to conclude on the importance of a coordinated action to raise the levels of response to current challenges, being, therefore, the executive's decision to adopt and implement a Digital Transition Agenda for Public Administration", concluded the leader.

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