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90 percent of Tongans vulnerable to cybercrimes


Cybercrime poses a threat to 90 percent of Tongan households according to the Acting Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni.

Tonga needs to act fast on protecting its citizens  and a two-day training in Nukuʻalofa yesterday to create a more reliable, safe and affordable way in delivering information and communications through Information and Communication Technology  was said to be timely and appropriate.

The participants learnt and studied  how the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) works in terms of operation and information.

“In Tonga 90% of households have mobile phones which is good for us, but at the same time it’s opening up 90% of our households to cyber issues. So 90% of our household is vulnerable, so we will not only look at cyber security but also cyber safety,” Hon Sovaleni said.

An Asia- Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) facilitator,  Mr. Adli Wahid who took part in running the training said “developing a National Cyber Security Strategy was an advantage”.

“In this region, many countries are now developing a National Cyber Security Strategy and developing capabilities like this is actually a good thing.”