iSecureBot says ‘hello’ to the world

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and Salt Essential IT officially launched the first-ever iSecureBot today – a WhatsApp info bot that provides cyber security awareness and education – at the 7th National ICT Summit taking place in Windhoek.
iSecureBot supports the National Cyber Security Strategy & Awareness Raising Plan which was initiated by MICT this year to address the potential risks, prevention, mitigation and remediation of cyber threats. Salt Essential IT has committed to developing and providing cyber security awareness training with MICT in alignment with the Memorandum of Understanding the two entities signed in 2022 for five years.
iSecureBot leverages the technology made available via WhatsApp's interactive info bot services, which allows users to access information and guidance on various cyber security topics such as Google, email, online banking, social media and more.
Users can simply send a "hello" to Cyber-Hero's numbers (085 173 2873) and receive a welcome message and a user-friendly menu that allows you to request information on cyber security risks, prevention, mitigation or remediation.
Furthermore, the info bot also offers an interactive platform for individuals and organisations to ask questions and receive information, links to training and informational videos, and so much more.
“With the world changing at the pace it is and our lives revolving more and more around online transactions, work and socialising, cyber security should always be top of mind. Your security is our priority,” said MD of Salt Essential IT, Sonja Coetzer,
Linda Aipinge-Nakale, the director of ICT development at MICT, said that they are excited to launch iSecureBot. “This is a milestone achievement for MICT and our partner, who has worked tirelessly to develop this innovative and interactive platform. iSecureBot will help us achieve our vision of creating a safe and secure online environment for all Namibians. We encourage everyone to use this service and learn how to protect themselves from cyber threats.”
iSecureBot is now available for free for all WhatsApp users in Namibia who want to learn more about cyber security and how to protect themselves online.
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