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New guidelines aim to help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission unveiled a new set of Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa during the recent African Internet Summit. The guidelines aim to help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure and are set to change the way African Union states approach cyber security preparedness.

The guidelines were developed by a multi-stakeholder group of African and global Internet infrastructure security experts. They will help AU member states strengthen the security of their local Internet infrastructure through actions at a regional, national, ISP/operator and organizational level.

“Africa has achieved major strides in developing its Internet infrastructure in the past decade. However, the Internet won’t provide the aspired benefits unless we can trust it. We have seen from recent experiences that Africa is not immune from cyber attacks and other security threats. These guidelines will help African countries put in place the necessary measures to increase the security of their Internet infrastructure,” explained Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society. 

“This is another timely milestone achievement given the new security challenges in cyberspace,” said Moctar Yeday, Head, Information Society Division, African Union. “The Commission of the African Union will continue its partnership with the Internet Society on a second set of guidelines addressing personal data protection in Africa,” he added.

The Africa Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines can be read at: www.InternetSociety.org/doc/aiisg



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