Cybersecurity in South Africa

surveillance cyber-security cyber-defence intelligence-services detection-and-reaction
Advisor Southern Africa
Camilo Ramada
+2 784 683 1222
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.

Business Finland has commissioned a Future Watch study from consulting company Frost and Sullivan to conduct research on future market opportunities in the cybersecurity sector in South Africa. The study is part of Signals from South Africa series to be found here

Based on the research, Business Finland is hosting a webinar: "Cyber Safe: Co-creating opportunities for cyber security in South Africa and Finland" on March 27th at 8.30-12.30 (Finland time zone).
As well as the webinar there will be a physical gathering in Team Finland House in Helsinki and the Regional Office for Southern Africa located in Sandton, Johannesburg. You are welcome to discuss and co-create opportunities together. 
Some of the main objectives for the webinar are:
  • Share knowledge about the central needs and potential business opportunities related to the cyber security sector in South Africa.
  • Share knowledge about the offerings and business models of key Finnish Cybersecurity providers.
  • Co-create innovation and business leads for mutual benefit and take these forward through further collaboration between South Africa and Finland.
Business Finland's BEAM (Business with Impact) program will also be presented at the event in order to identify fundable projects.
Interested? Please contact:
Christopher Palmberg
+358 50 5577 966



Opportunities in Mauritius

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.
Interested in this opportunity?
Camilo Ramada