20 December 2011

Rising cybercrime pushes African governments to take action

New CERTs have been set up in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Tunisia

In reaction to rising cybercrime incidents in both public and private sectors, some African governments have set up incident reporting and early warning bodies with the support of AfriNIC (Africa Network Information Center).

South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Tunisia have set up Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) that will work with information security professionals to report vulnerabilities and detect DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The move is coordinated by AfricaCERT, supported by AfriNIC.

In the past two years, growth in affordable connectivity has led to a rise in cybercrime, which has affected the public and private sectors, especially the financial sector. A lack of appropriate guidelines and relevant laws has led to some criminals going unpunished.

AfricaCERT is currently collecting data on cybercrime because there is insufficient research in the region.
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