Why Africa's surge of digitalisation makes it a target for hackers

A new report reveals a lot of work is needed to improve cybersecurity in Africa. We look at the cybersecurity challenges facing business in Africa, and why education and awareness is so vital.


Africa has the youngest population in the world, with a median age of just 19.7 years, and this youthful society is driving technology adoption and use across the continent. According to Ericsson, mobile data consumption in sub-Saharan Africa will grow more than four-fold to 2025, and the IMF reports that this region is the only one in the world where nearly 10% of GDP is generated through mobile money.

However, Africa’s surge of digitalisation comes hand-in-hand with new risks and vulnerabilities.

Traditionally Africa hasn’t been a large target for cybercriminals, but this has changed dramatically in recent years says Anna Collard, VP Content Strategy and Evangelist at security and compliance training organisation KnowBe4 Africa.

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