The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 last week. The ITU is an agency of the United Nations tasked with measuring the commitment of member countries in setting up cyber security measures and highlights some of the best practices around the world.
The ITU survey released last week ranked countries by their demonstrated commitment towards securing their respective cyberspace. The measurements were done based on five key pillars:
Ø Organizational measures
Ø Capacity building
Ø International cooperation
From the survey, it has been established that developing countries do not have in place well-trained cyber security experts. Neither is there an appreciation for cyber security education, and cyber laws enforcements. There are in fact obstacles to the execution of the rule of law within the cyberspace as the judiciary, and legislative organs have yet to catch up to international standard cyber laws.
Nonetheless, Africa is experiencing a surge in internet access, and more people are coming online by the day. However, without proper cyber security laws and infrastructure in place, all these development means a recipe for disaster is …read more