The Cybersecurity Hub was established by the then Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services in 2015. Since then it has matured as one of the national Computer Security Incident Response Teams and is in the processes of increasing its service offerings to the public and industry. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and the development of public-private partnerships is one of the key mandates of the Cybersecurity Hub.
The Cybersecurity Hub is mandated by the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) which was passed by Cabinet in March 2012. The Cybersecurity Hub is South Africa’s National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and strives to make Cyberspace an environment where all residents of South Africa can safely communicate, socialise, and transact in confidence. It achieves this by working with stakeholders from government, the private sector, civil society and the public with a view to identifying and countering cybersecurity threats.
The Cybersecurity Hub enhances interaction, consultations and promotes a coordinated approach regarding engagements with the private sector and civil society. As a key point of contact for cybersecurity matters, it coordinates cybersecurity response activities, and facilitates information and technology sharing.
The Cybersecurity Hub also provides information that creates awareness on cybersecurity as well as information that encourages South African citizens and organisations to be secure online.