South Africa’s approach to protecting its cyberspace has ranked 58th out of 165 countries in the world. According to the UN’s latest Global Cybersecurity Index‚ the country’s commitment to cybersecurity is sixth in Africa‚ behind Mauritius‚ Rwanda‚ Kenya‚ Nigeria and Uganda. The index is a survey that measures the commitment of 165 member states to cybersecurity in order to raise awareness. Countries are scored on their legal‚ technical and organisational institutions‚ educational and research capabilities‚ and their co-operation in information-sharing networks. Singapore was found to be the most committed to cybersecurity with a "near-perfect" strategy while Equatorial Guinea was the only country to have scored zero. UN agency International Telecommunications Union classified South Africa’s commitment as at a "maturity stage" because the country has developed complex commitments and engages in cybersecurity programmes and initiatives. However, local experts said South Africa was at...

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