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Policing the Cyberspace during COVID 19

West Africa (Virtual Conference)
On May 2020, all over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the headline. Technology Against Crime – Africa had collaborated with Cyberpeace Foundation, India to organise the virtual workshop and discussion. The context of the discussion was focused on the changes the COVID 19 will bring in the Cyberspace and Innovation domain, especially in context of West Africa. Africa is a challenging area to fight cybercrime. There has been an increasing cybercrime attributed to vulnerable systems and lax of cybersecurity practices in the region. Cybersecurity is considered to be a luxury, not a necessity in many African economies. After the Corona Crisis, this would, unfortunately, not change. In fact, the rate of cybercrime is predicted to go high.

Currently, the cybersecurity budget in many organizations in Africa are reported to be less than 1% and many organization don’t allocate budget for cybersecurity. According to Business Software Alliance, Libya and Zimbabwe are two countries with the world’s highest software piracy rates in 2017. The proportion of unlicensed software in the country is were 90% and 89%, respectively. These pirated products are a significant cause of the spread of malware in the region. Also, according to Kenya – based IT and business advisory firm Serianu, cybercrimes cost African economies $3.5 billion in 2017. In that year, annual losses to cybercrimes were estimated for Nigeria at $649 million, and Kenya at $210 million. Likewise, according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africa loses $157 million annually to cyberattacks. In 2016, Ghana’s financial institutions were reported to experience more than 400,000 incidents related to malware, 44 million related to spam emails, and 280,000 relevant to botnets.

Projects & Innovations

Volunteer Management System – Tekkai

Volunteer Management System – Tekkai

Our Volunteer Initiative is called - ‘Tekkai’ which means “Iron Fist”. We are building a platform for individuals to join us to become ‘Tekkai’ to protect society and our fellow people by optimal tech usage and awareness. Projects & Innovations

Innovation in Policing

Innovation in Policing

Police brutality cases are rising in Africa, and citizens are outraged and feel abandoned. Police brutality has become a hot topic globally, with activists and organizations regularly staging demonstrations. In some African countries, the violence meted out by...

Drone Alliance – Africa

Drone Alliance – Africa

Drone Alliance Africa (DAA) is a coalition of leading technology companies representing the commercial drone industry before African political leaders, regulators, and other industry stakeholders, as well as international regulatory and advisory bodies. The commercial...

AfriAgriTech Project

AfriAgriTech Project

Nigeria is the most populous and largest economy in Africa. Agriculture is its economic base and source of livelihood for the majority of Nigerians, employing two-thirds of the labour-force with 88% smallholder farmers, 72% living below the poverty-line and 70–80% of...

CyberPeace Dialogue 2020

CyberPeace Dialogue 2020

Technology Against Crime - NGO was proudly a part of the Cyberpeace Dialogue 2020. These dialogues were a series of events conducted in 5 days. Covering all topics on Cybersecurity and Cyberdefence. African stakeholders were one of the major stakeholders in this...

Crawler to take down the underground cybercriminal communities

Crawler to take down the underground cybercriminal communities

Development of web crawlers that can automatically collect websites and virtual communities such as online forums. These crawlers would collect the seed URL, automatically parse through the hyperlink off the collected webpages. These crawlers will not only gather...

Research on Cyber Security Threat Landscape in West Africa

Research on Cyber Security Threat Landscape in West Africa

Technology Against Crime - Africa with it’s partner TheCyberDiplomat LLC, has an ongoing active research group on cybersecurity treat landscape in context of West Africa. The ongoing research is on the social engineering tactic, detecting criminal online activities....