Title: Promoting cybersecurity awareness and resilience approaches, capabilities and actions plans against cybercrimes and frauds in Africa

Issue Number: Vol. 6, No. 3
Year of Publication: Sep - 2017
Page Numbers: 126-138
Authors: Ernest Tambo, Kazienga Adama
Journal Name: International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002278


The rapidly growing broadband internet and mobile applications penetration and uptake provide immense opportunities and challenges across Africa. There is an increasing concern to national and regional security due to incidence and impact (cost)of cybercrime emergence and spread, cyberespionage and attack (e.g., hacking, hijacking or illegitimate and illegal use) of governments, private and public firms and other stakeholders’ domains endangering healthy business, survival and performance opportunities in most African countries. Yet, only 11 (20.3%) out of 54 countries has implemented cybersecurity (CS) laws and regulations. Promoting cybersecurity and cyberspace preparedness and rapid response initiatives, preventive and protective countermeasures are vital and imperative. The rise of the digital economy is not just changing how organizations conduct business. Cybersecurity is a strategic decision by governments, industries, businesses and consumers driving this change need to step up their capabilities and be accountable for cyber-attacks, hacking, automated frauds and epidemic proportions of ransomware worldwide. Here, authors analyzes cybercrimes and mobile money frauds activities in most affected African countries and highlights practical and costeffective awareness and capability approaches and strategies in building and establishing local and regional cooperation and collaboration for secured,effective and sustainable cyberspace information and data sharing and business transactions. Moreover, promoting personal data and information rights and privacy to e-commerce/etransaction legislations and regulations best practice is crucial against cyber-attacks and its impact, in increasing productivity and sustainable economic prosperity in Africa.