Are you wanting to register as a cryptography provider under chapter 5 of the ECT Act?

Register of Cryptography Providers

In South Africa, military cryptography is regulated by the Armaments Development and Production Act 57 of 1968. The responsible department is the Department of Defence. The use of cryptography in the private sector is regulated by chapter 5 of the ECT Act. The responsible department is the Department of Communications (DoC).

The ECT Act requires that suppliers (not users) of “cryptography” services or products must register:

  • their names and addresses, and
  • the names of their products with a brief description in a register maintained by the DoC.

Unless the (local or foreign) supplier has registered, they cannot provide their services or products in South Africa.

In March 2006, the DoC published cryptography regulations to administer and regulate the activities of crypto providers in South Africa (GN R216 of 2006 in Government Gazette 28594 of 10 March 2006).

Registration with the DoC will allow investigative authorities, such as the SAPS, to identify which organisation provides the encryption technologies intercepted by them in terms of our monitoring and interception laws. This will enable the investigative authorities to approach these service providers to assist with deciphering the encrypted messages.

Our experience and knowledge

We have years of experience and knowledge regards registration of cryptography providers. Our clients include certification authorities and both local and international security vendors.


If you are interested, please complete the form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your requirements and give you a quote.