Cyber threats on African subjects – The International Institute for Counter


Since 2015, security experts have forecasted government and commercial online services as the next frontier for illegal activity in Africa. The large gap in available data regarding cybercrime in Africa hinders effective counter measures, which is largely due to the absence of measuring tools and control of cyber crime. Government websites are under increasing threat, as instead of creating their own systems from scratch, governments tend to use existing popular templates, which are easily breached. African governments using such systems often contain sensitive information, thereby enabling identity theft through stolen personal details. In the commercial respect, most African-based businesses – predominantly small and medium-sized – are unable to withstand cyber-attacks, with many going undetected for up to a year. A typical mid-sized business in Africa will have at least one or two internet exposed systems with little or no security to detect or prevent an attack. Such systems will utilise

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