A new cyber security center in Togo is set to augment the efforts of individual African countries to secure the continent’s cyberspace.
In November 2021, Kaspersky reported. That Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya recorded a combined 81 million cyberattacks in three months is an indication of how cybercrime is growing in tandem with internet penetration. In the second quarter of this year, Phishing scams Kenya and Nigeria grew by 438% and 174% respectively from the previous quarter.
Based in the capital city of Lomé, and established As a partnership Between the government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Center for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity works with African governments, policy makers, law enforcement and security agencies to monitor, detect and share cybersecurity intelligence. Will share. Africa is estimated to suffer from cybercrime. 4 billion dollars annually.
Cyber Security in Africa
The Center will also lead. Internet Security Research On the continent, at a time when hacking groups are deploying sophisticated deep learning software to infiltrate African government websites, banks, hospitals, power companies and telecoms. In July, Liquid Cyber Security, the internet security arm of cloud firm Liquid Intelligence Technologies, Launched Cyber Security Fusion Center. in South Africa.
Togo’s Digital Economy and Transformation Minister Sina Lawson said the cooperation’s mission is to make cyber security a top priority for African countries. “We want to be a leading digital hub in Africa. Our partnership model with the private sector is an innovative approach we want to offer to encourage other countries on the continent to have a secure cyberspace.” He added.
Lomé Declaration and Togo as a pioneer in cyber security
Last March, African countries subscribed The Loomi Declaration (pdf) that is implementing a regulatory framework to make cybersecurity viable.
Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNICA, said it is important to develop coordinated approaches to cyber security in Africa.
Togo already has a National Cyber Security Agency (ANCy) and a Personal Data Protection Authority (IPDCP), positioning itself as a leader in Africa’s cyberspace security. It is one of the few countries that has ratified the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection of 2014.
Once cyber attackers gain access to the corporate web-based and cloud.
Resources using cookies, they use them for further exploits such as business email compromises, social engineering to gain access to additional systems, and even modification of data or source code repositories. Social media platforms have also been hacked to target money in credit cards.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen attackers turn to cookie theft to work around the growing adoption of multi-factor authentication,” Sean Gallagher, lead risk researcher at UK cybersecurity firm Sophos, told Vophs. point out that attackers are turning to new and improved versions of information-stealing malware such as Raccoon Stealer to simplify the process of obtaining authentication cookies, also known as access tokens.
In March 2021, the African Development Bank 2 million dollars were given. To the African Cybersecurity Resource Center (ACRC) For financial inclusion to combat cybercrime and strengthen the resilience of the digital financial ecosystem.