Does the law require you to register as a cryptography provider? Are you in need of cryptography provider registration services? The process to register as a cryptography provider can be quite daunting. The information is not easily available. You need all the help you can get to find your way around the application process and avoid the uncertainty of not knowing which government doors to knock on for the registration.

Cryptography Provider Registration Services

In certain countries different laws regulate military cryptography compared to cryptography in the private sector. The departments responsible for military defence in those countries handle the military cryptography.

For the private sector, laws such as chapter 5 of the Economic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT) regulate the use of cryptography in the private sector, with the responsible department ranging from the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to the Department of Communications (DoC) or some other variation.

Using the ECT Act as an example, you find that it 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.