Top 3 African Countries Most Committed to Cyber Security

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The Global Cyber Security Index 2017 produced by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) shows the level of commitment by various countries to control cybercrime and sheds light on the opportunities provided by the threat.

Mauritius is the top ranked country in the Africa region. It scores particularly high in the legal and the technical areas. The Botnet Tracking and Detection project allows Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU) to proactively take measures to curtail threats on different networks within the country. Capacity building is another area where Mauritius does well. The government IT Security Unit has conducted 180 awareness sessions for some 2 000 civil servants in 32 government ministries and departments.

Rwanda, ranked second in Africa, scores high in the organizational pillar and has a standalone cybersecurity policy addressing both the public and private sector1. It is also committed to develop a stronger cybersecurity industry to ensure a resilient cyber space.

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Kenya, ranked third in the region and 45 globally, provides a good example of cooperation through its National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (National KECIRT/CC)2. The CIRT coordinates at national, regional and global levels with a range of actors. Nationally this includes ISPs and the financial and educational sectors; regionally it works with other CIRTs through the East African Communications Organization; and internationally it liaises with ITU, FIRST, and bi-laterally with the United States and Japan CIRTs among others.

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