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Togo's new cybersecurity center will serve all of Africa

A new cybersecurity center in Togo is poised to join African nations in their efforts to protect the continent’s cyberspace.

In November 2021, Kaspersky reported that Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya recorded a combined 81 million cyberattacks over a three-month period, showing that cybercrime is in sync with internet penetration rise. In the second quarter of this year, phishing scams in Kenya and Nigeria increased by 438% and 174%, respectively, from the previous quarter.

Headquartered in the capital, Lome, as a government partner with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNeca), the African Cybersecurity Coordination and Research Center will monitor, detect and collaborate with African governments, policymakers, and , law enforcement and security agencies share cybersecurity intelligence. Cybercrime costs Africa an estimated $4 billion annually.

Cybersecurity in Africa

The center will also lead internet security research in Africa on the African continent, at a time when hacker groups are deploying sophisticated Deep learning software to penetrate African government websites, banks, hospitals, power companies and telecommunications companies. In July, Liquid Cyber ​​Security, the internet security arm of cloud company Liquid Intelligence Technologies, launched a cybersecurity convergence centre in South Africa.

Togo’s Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation, Cina Lawson, stated that the mission of the partnership is to make cybersecurity a top priority for African countries. “Our aim is to be a major digital hub in Africa. Our model of partnership with the private sector is an innovative approach that we hope to demonstrate to inspire other countries to build a safer cyberspace on the continent,” he added.

The Lomé Declaration and Togo as a Pioneer in Cybersecurity

Last March, African countries signed the Lomé Declaration (pdf ), which is implementing a regulatory framework to make cybersecurity a business enabler.

“It is important to promote a coordinated approach to cybersecurity in Africa,” said Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNESCO.

Togo already has a National Cyber ​​Security Agency (ANCy) and a Personal Data Protection Agency (IPDCP), making it a leader in cyberspace security in Africa. It is one of the few countries to have ratified the 2014 African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection.

Once cyber attackers gain access to corporate networks and cloud
resources using cookies, they will They are used for further exploits such as commercial email leaks, social engineering to gain additional system access, or even modification of data or source code repositories. Hacking of credit card money has also appeared on social media platforms.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen attackers increasingly turn to cookie theft to address the growing adoption of multi-factor authentication. Attackers are turning to new and improved versions of information-stealing malware, such as Raccoon Stealer, to simplify The process of obtaining an authentication cookie, also known as an access token.

In March 2021, the African Development Bank reported to the African Cybersecurity Resource Center ( ACRC) grants $2 million for financial inclusion to combat cybercrime and strengthen the resilience of the digital financial ecosystem.

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