Cybercrime refers to the use of digital devices such as a computer and mobile phone to execute illegal activities such committing fraud, stealing identities, violating privacy, etc.
Cybercrime is borderless and is a global issue forcing most countries to establish frameworks relevant to their needs to address the issues. PNG is no exception to these threats with the recognition that PNG will require some serious effort to ensure it has measures and mechanisms in place to for cyber safety, cyber security and cybercrime
The Government of Papua New Guinea as with many countries worldwide has recognized the social and economic benefits to be derived from Information Communication Technologies and therefore properly utilized ICTs can be a significant tool in our country’s development, and the realization of the National Goals and Directive Principles (NGDPs).
Concurrently, the Government is mindful that the use of ICTs inevitably introduces correlative security concern for individuals, businesses and the public sector that needs to be addressed. Malicious software that affects millions of electronic devices, systems and networks, and causes significant damage are only examples of the much broader problem of Cybercrime.
Cybercrime and Cybersecurity issues present major concerns for law enforcement agencies around the world. This has generated intensive debate where various solutions have been discussed to address the issue of criminal abuse of electronic devices, systems and networks. Evolving technological advances have also meant that Cybercrime and Cybersecurity are high on the agenda of governments, regional and international organizations.
Therefore, to address this challenge a National Policy response is required.