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.

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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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