We have just released the 2019 KnowBe4 Africa Cybersecurity Awareness Report with over 800 respondents carried out across 8 countries in Africa: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritius and Botswana.
The survey revealed the pressing need to educate Africans to the different cyber-attacks. The key finding of the Report were as follows:
• 65% of respondents across all countries are concerned about cybercrime
• 64% didn’t know what ransomware is. Yet, they believe they can easily identify a security threat
• 28% have fallen for a phishing email
• 50% have had a malware infection
Africans are not prepared for cyber threats, making them increasingly easy preys to cyber-criminals.
According to Business Insider SA, 525 million Africans were connected to the Internet in June 2019 – representing 40% of Africa’s total population. This number is expected to grow to a billion people by 2022. As connectivity improves, users are faced with increasing cyberattacks. In fact, Africa has been among the fastest-growing regions in terms of cybercrime activities.
“What makes Africa different to the rest of the world is that cybercriminals are shifting their attention towards the continent and other emerging economies, “says Anna Collard, MD of Popcorn Training - KnowBe4 Africa.
Many criminals consider Africa a safe haven for their illegal operations, as many African governments need to attend to other pressing issues such as fighting poverty, unstable politics, violent crime and large youth unemployment and still regard cybersecurity as a luxury, not a necessity.
In many organizations, cybersecurity budgets are reported to be less than 1% or are non-existent. Many African Internet users are connecting to the Internet for the first time, and with the sharp increase in the next few years, we are looking at millions of people connecting without understanding the risks.
Another reason why Africa is so attractive to cybercriminals, is the lack of legislation and law enforcement. According to a report by the African Union, only about 20% of African states have basic legal frameworks to deal with cybercrime. Kenya, South Africa and Mauritius are probably the most advanced in this regard and Nigeria is following close behind.
Click here, to download the full report: https://bit.ly/357fPvi
To see Anna's interview about the report, click here: https://bit.ly/2P8f0MV
To read the press coverage, follow the links below:
- Rapport 2019 de KnowBe4 sur la ‘Sensibilisation sur la cyber sécurité en Afrique’
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