A 2019 Deloitte Touche survey found that financial institutions in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia had registered losses of up to $245 million due to cyber fraud, a high sum for countries without highly developed banking systems. Cybercriminals have taken advantage of COVID-19 related disruptions (remote work, instability) to stage attacks on small and large business entities all over the world. A survey commissioned by Liquid Telecom in August 2020 revealed that 57 percent of network managers in Africa reported a spike in cyber threats as the continent struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ideas we are looking for:
- Set up tracking, detecting, and taking down the fake news on all platforms. Detecting the misinformation and synthetic media (deep fakes, synthetic images, voices).
- Improving counter-messaging and automated fact-checking.
- Map existing national and regional data privacy and protection (policies, regulations, promotion, and enforcement mechanism) in relation to e-trade, digital industry, e-business, digital entrepreneurship, e-business registration, e-investment, and e-service providers across Africa, and identify points of alignment and divergence (Smart Africa Senegal Flagship). Conclusions for best practices.
- Protecting personal data. Anonymization of personal data that is used for tracking people’s trajectories or monitoring health.
- Fights against cyber attacks and malware targeted against corporate organizations.
- Contingency plans in place to boost the organization’s cyber resilience.
- Protecting smartphones against cyber attacks.
- Monitoring and defending national networks to make African countries less vulnerable to cyberespionage and cyberterroris.
- Using ICT to detect and track terrorism attacks across Africa in the planning phase.
- Cybersecurity legal frameworks to fight cybercrime.
- Education initiatives on Internet safety and security to tackle the issues of child protection and social security in general.
- Education programs on ICT-related security issues for stakeholders (ICT regulators, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, end-users).