National Cybersecurity in light of Foreign Technology Dependence

Foreign cyber technology dependence, especially in developing countries, presents an identified risk to its cybersecurity infrastructure.

South Africa like many other African countries is a consumer of foreign technology, especially ICT related technology. With some of the leading imports originating from developed countries that may not necessarily be seen as friendly, it is important for countries to make sure that in their development of the cyber security capability, they consider the risks that come with this reality. It is impossible to stop using foreign technology, but countries must at least be seen to be working on developing their own capability when it comes to the management of such technology. The challenge is not only when it comes to the tangible technologies that are imported, but also in how we follow guidelines that may be meant to keep us in a state of technology dependence.