The African Union Commission and Symantec, as part of the Global Forum for Cybersecurity Expertise (GFCE) Initiative, released a report analyzing cyber security trends and government responses in Africa.

The report explores various cybersecurity trends including the overall professionalization of cyber crimes:

  • Rise of Ransomware and Cryptolocker
  • Social Media, Scams, and Email Threats
  • Smartphones and the Internet of Things
  • Business Email Scams
  • Vulnerabilities

As opposed to other threat reports on cyber vulnerabilities in Africa, this report is unique in that it incorporates the perspectives of African Union Commission Member State governments and online threat data from Symantec’s comprehensive cyber threat monitoring network.