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Cybersecurity in South Africa

African intelligence threats have been limited and countries where cyber security facilities are being established will serve as hubs to also serve neighbouring countries. African countries are increasingly coming under cyber attacks, with Ethiopia being subject to the most numerous government hacks of any African nation. Other hard-hit countries include Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa and Central African Republic. These are often gateway attacks originating elsewhere in the world but using African locations as springboards. According to Orange, Africa’s cybersecurity investment is forecast to grow from $1.33 billion in 2017 to $2.32 billion by 2020.

French telecoms group Orange has Cyberdefense operations centres in Morocco, Egypt and Mauritius in Africa. Orange Cyberdefense is the company's expert cyber security business unit, providing managed security, managed detection and reaction, and threat intelligence services. Leveraging the operations centre, cyberdefense experts offer solutions and services including consulting and penetration tests (Pentests), as well as protective and surveillance services.

Mauritius' National Cyber Security Strategy provides an overview of what it takes to effectively protect information systems and networks and also gives insight into the Government’s approach and strategy for protection of cyberspace in the country. The cyber security policy is an evolving task and it caters to the whole spectrum of ICT users including home users, and small, medium and large enterprises and Government and non-Government entities.

The National Cyber Security Committee acts as the decision making body and it is responsible for leading activities associated with developing national Critical Information Infrastructures Protection (CIIP) efforts, including coordinating policy development, outreach and awareness, risk assessment and management efforts, funding, and support of CIIP programme efforts.

According to Global Cybersecurity Index* Mauritius is the best-prepared of the African nations to defend against a cyber attack, placed sixth overall in the leading tier alongside the U.S. and other cybersecurity leaders. Mauritius trains law enforcement and judiciary members on this subject, while the technical officers of the specialist IT Security Unit of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation are well-placed to fight against cyber threats.

* The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measures the commitment of countries to cybersecurity.



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