The Impact of the Increase in Broadband Access on South African National Security and the Average Citizen

South Africa is the entry point to the African continent and with the impending increase in broadband access from 120 Gbps to 12 Tbps over the next 2 years, it could in future be used as a hub for launching cyber warfare type attacks on the rest of the world. In addition, there are arguments that RSA's strong ties with China could place it at high risk of cyber war attacks. Presently because of very low broadband penetration in South Africa and in Africa, chances of it being used to launch attacks to other countries are limited. However, the fact that it will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup increases the vulnerabilities as was experienced with previous soccer world cups in other countries.

Provided by: CSIR Topic: Mobility Date Added: Feb 2011 Format: PDF

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