The Entirety of Africa To Benefit from Togos New Cybersecurity Center
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The Entirety of Africa To Benefit from Togos New Cybersecurity Center

By CIOReview | Friday, September 16, 2022

A new cybersecurity center in Togo is poised to augment efforts by individual African countries to secure the continent’s cyberspace

FREMONT, CA: A brand-new cybersecurity hub in Togo is ready to support regional cybersecurity. 81 million cyber attacks were launched in three months across Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria combined, demonstrating how cybercrime is growing concurrently with internet usage. Phishing scams increased in Kenya and Nigeria by 438 percent and 174 percent from the first quarter of this year.

The African Centre for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity, which is based in the nation's capital city of Lomé and was established as a collaboration between the government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca), will track, identify, and share cybersecurity intelligence with African governments, policymakers, law enforcement, and security agencies. According to estimates, cybercrime costs Africa USD 4 billion annually.

In a time when hacking groups are using sophisticated deep learning software to penetrate African government websites, banks, hospitals, power companies, and telecoms, the center will also spearhead internet security research on the continent. A cybersecurity fusion center was established in South Africa in July by Liquid Cyber Security, the cloud company's internet security division.

According to the minister of digital economy and transformation for Togo, the collaboration's goal is to make cybersecurity a key concern for African countries. The goal is to establish Africa as a significant digital hub and want to highlight creative partnership models with the corporate sector to encourage other nations to create safer cyberspace on the continent.

African nations joined the Lomé Declaration (pdf), which is putting in place a regulatory framework to make cybersecurity a commercial enabler. The executive secretary of Uneca and under-secretary-general of the United Nations stated that supporting integrated cybersecurity strategies in Africa was crucial.

Togo is a pioneer in Africa's cyberspace security because it already has a National Cybersecurity Agency (ANCy) and a Personal Data Protection Authority (IPDCP). Few countries have accepted the 2014 African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection, and it is one among them.

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