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Tunisian Interior Ministry beefs up internet security post breaches


27 April 2012

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Recent breaches in cyber-security of Government websites in Tunisia are prompting an emergency response in building up better defenses for the internet in the country.

Tunisian Interior Ministry beefs up internet security post breaches
Image Credits: Tunisia Live/ Image posted by Anonymous after hacking into Tunisian Facebook page

Concerns about the security of the websites of the Tunisian Interim Government ministries have increased, especially after recent breaches. Recent cyber-attacks have targeted the Tunisian Prime Minister's email account and the official website of the Ministry of Justice.

The government's program for 2012, presented by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to the Constituent Assembly on April 5th, included a focus on improving Internet security by hiring new experts at the Ministry of the Interior.

Hafedh Ben Hamida, IT security engineer and cyber crime specialist, explained that the National Agency for Computer Security has been working on fortifying the defenses of the Internet in Tunisia since 2004.

Haythem Elmir, an official at the Agency, said that experts will be brought in to assist his Agency in its ongoing work to protect Tunisian government websites. "The whole security system is to be re-structured in order to improve it. However, the final version is not clear yet," he stated.

According to Elmir, the technical aspects of security breaches are immediately treated at the National Agency for Computer Security; emergencies are handled by a special group of the agency called the Tunisian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). However, legal pursuits are taken care of by other bodies of the government.

"We have been fighting cyber-crime for the past 5 years. It is a constant battle," said Elmir.

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