Companies on the African continent are increasingly being targeted by hackers. The increased danger with the Covid-19 pandemic.
A kind “Digital Chaos”This is a threat that is shrouded in Africa’s increasingly interconnected but lagging behind in the field of computer security. This shocking discovery was unanimously praised by the participants of the first Cyber Africa Forum, which brought together African and international cybersecurity experts, and was held in Abidjan on Monday, June 7.
In recent years, digital technology has advanced by leaps and bounds on the African continent. The best example is the financial services industry. Many African countries have directly switched from cash payments to mobile payments. But network security is still a bad relationship with this transformation. Weak infrastructure, lack of skills, and lack of awareness among businesses and users make Africa particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.
“Digitalization without protection is dangerous”On Monday, Ivory Coast Minister of Digital Economy Roger Adom (Roger Adom) was hit hard.For the former “Mr. Technology” of the Orange Group of Côte d’Ivoire, institutions and companies in his country and sub-region are facing “Major Challenge”He recalled that the Côte d’Ivoire Incident Center quantified the cost of cybercrime on the country’s economy as 20 billion CFA francs (approximately 30.5 million euros) during its ten years of existence.
According to a study published by the pan-African cybersecurity company Serianu, across the entire continent, this loss was estimated at 3.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 (approximately 2.9 billion euros at the time). The main bias that policymakers and private sector leaders are increasingly worried about. Because cybercriminal organizations no longer have much to do with the outdated images of Ivorian “grab eater” and Nigerian “Yahoo Boy” in the 2000s, online fraud (feeling), and the author of small ransoms. Today, attacks are carried out by wandering individuals and organized entities.
In September 2020, cyber security software publisher Kaspersky stated that between January and August 2020, Africa had become the target of 28 million cyber attacks. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the risk.Study of 211 large companies in 11 French-speaking African countries Announced on Monday, Deloitte Consulting revealed that 40% of them already knew “Increased number of incidents” Since 2020. “A larger attack surface”, This is the result of telecommuting. 92% of the interviewed companies stated that they have used telecommuting partially or completely since the outbreak of the health crisis.