Cybersecurity Strategy Assessment and Implementation for Critical Information Infrastructures (Country Level)
A country requires strategic cyber oversight of Critical Information Infrastructures (CII) by developing, deploying and maintaining coordinated cyber visibility across of Critical Information Infrastructures (CII) organizations. Development of cyber strategy, risk assessment framework and provision of related tools will allow for Government to govern CII in cyber security area and will contribute to raising cyber maturity level across CII organizations.
With unprecedented frequency of breaches and levels of security spending, many governments consider cyber security less as a resource burden or technology discipline, but a country wide risk strategy and foundation for economic viability. In this regard National Cyber Security Strategy needs to be revisited and enhanced to secure a better future for the citizens of the country.
Consulting Services Objectives:
The first objective of USAFCG program is to revise and enhance the National Cyber Security Strategy with key focus on the following four pillars, which should underpin the National Cyber Security Strategy.
- Strengthening resilience of Critical Information Infrastructures.
- Mobilizing businesses and the community to make cyber space safer, by countering cyber threats, combating cybercrime and protecting personal data.
- Developing a vibrant cyber security ecosystem comprising a skilled workforce technologically advanced companies and strong research collaborations, so that it can support country’s cybersecurity needs and be a source of new economic growth.
- Stepping up efforts to forge strong international partnerships.
The second objective is to develop cyber security strategy and establish comprehensive cyber security risk assessment framework to govern cyber security risks for Critical Information Infrastructures. Based on that, to implement related information systems and to enable of Critical Information Infrastructures to use them to manage cyber risks and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Strengthening the cybersecurity management capacity of African private sector organizations and Critical Information Infrastructures
- Support the African private sector organizations capacity to strengthen their readiness to respond to cyber threats.
- Support the capacity of African private sector organizations to mitigate the effects of cyber threats through increased policy, legal and regulatory mechanisms, harmonized legal framework, coordination and cooperation, development of infrastructure and services, investment and research, training and education, sustained engagement of stakeholders, and improved readiness capacities.
- Support the adoption and implementation of policies and legal frameworks designed to enhance cybersecurity readiness at the regional, national and local levels.
- Support focused coordination and cooperation among all stakeholders in-country and regionally.
- Support the implementation of new technologies and the adoption of best practices.
- Support African private sector organizations in assessing their baseline readiness against cyber threats and establish a readiness index.
- Support mechanisms for African private sector organizations to maintain relations and cooperation with the international community.
Training and Capacity Building Program Implementation Framework
Coordination and Cooperation
Focused cooperation; Planning and engagement structure between stakeholders; Roadmap for policies implementation; Awareness and ICT readiness strategies.
Engagement and Assessment
Increased stakeholders participation in the process; Information sharing and data analysis; Strategies for cybersecurity resilience.
Training, Education and Exercise
Workforce education and development; National, regional and local exercices; Cybersecurity resiliency and readiness toolkits.
Technical Assistance and Support
Monitoring and evaluation of capacity building; Roadmap for improving capacity; Delivery of technical assistance and services.