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17

Jul

2018

Securing Africa’s Cloud

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OneSecure readily acknowledges that Africa is a vast area incorporating many distinct cyber security environments.

Is the Cyber Security threat in Africa any different to elsewhere in the world?

Let’s start by focusing on connectivity and Internet access across Africa. Why? African cyber threats and the associated risks are dictated in a large part by the often unique nature of the African cyber landscape. Factors like Internet penetration rates and the adoption of disruptive technologies, such as Bitcoin, by African users, dictate the forms that cyber threats take within Africa, far more than similar factors would influence the threat within more developed regions, such as North America.

Increasing integration of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa increases the risks posed by cyber threats. Increased Internet penetration heralds greater prosperity and inclusion, but also the potential for increased exploitation.

While the three main threat actor categories (criminals, activists and nation-states) are all activethroughout Africa, the threat from cyber espionage is possibly the most acute. Given the emergent high tech character of many economies in Africa, and the existing, well-developed ‘traditional’ industries in Africa, such as extractives, the potential volume of valuable intellectual property accessible via cyber espionage operations is vast.