Cybersecurity Program for the Prevention and Fight against Cybercrime (Regional Organizations and Countries)
In contrast to land, air, sea and space, cyberspace poses the following unique difficulties. First, due to the global reach of ubiquitous networks, threat actors can launch distressing attacks far from victims and often in jurisdictions with weak laws and/or no enforcement. Second, fast connection speeds give victims little time to defend against attacks. Thus, at best, States and organizations only know about an attack when it is process. At worst, victims do not discover the compromise of their critical systems. Indeed, a report from a major security company alleged that many of the 72 States and public and private sectors organizations subjected to a five-year campaign of cyber-attacks were unaware of the targeted compromises. Third, whereas States pursue national interests through a rules-based international system, cyberspace does not have accepted norms and principles of proportionality. Indeed, whilst a country typically requires the approval of the United Nations to participate in the activities of the community of nations, any actor can setup in cyberspace and do whatever they please. The lack of accepted norms in cyberspace is reducing confidence in the use of ICTs.
Consulting Services Objectives:
The objective is to establish an integrated, effective and modern regional system for the prevention and fight against cybercrime.
- Provide a global strategy for the prevention and fight against cybercrime in line with the level and vulnerabilities identified regional organization guidelines and international best practices.
- Establish a legal and regulatory framework for prevention and fight against cybercrime at the regional level and at the country level.
- Accompany the Member States in setting up a monitoring platform, early warning, prevention and response to computer incidents.
- Set up a regional collaboration platform for monitoring and responding to computer incidents.
- Train and sensitize the main actors (Experts in cyber security, actors of the judicial chain, Political leaders, business owners, etc.).
- Determine and operationalize a relevant and viable mechanism for financing the regional effort to combat cybercrime.
Strengthening the cybersecurity management capacity of African government agencies
- Engage all the dimensions of the “whole of society” and their capacity to strengthen the readiness of African government agencies to respond to cyber threats.
- Support the capacity of African government agencies 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 regionally.
- Support the implementation of new technologies and the adoption of best practices.
- Support African government agencies and regional organizations in assessing their baseline readiness against cyber threats and establish a readiness index.
- Support mechanisms for African government agencies 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.