Strengthening the capacities of African countries to respond to cyber terrorism attacks

On 18 and 19 February the GLACY+ project was invited to contribute to the African regional workshop on “Enhancing the Capacity of Member States to prevent and Investigate Cyber-Attacks by Terrorist Actors and Mitigate their Impact”, organized in Nairobi, Kenya by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre of the UNOCT (United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism).
The workshop was hosted by the Government of Kenya and specifically targeting the sub-regions of Sahel, Horn of Africa and East Africa, with participants from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The workshop aimed at enhancing Member States’ understanding of the threat of cyber-attacks perpetrated by terrorist actors and supporting public authorities and private organizations managing national critical infrastructures in identifying key gaps in their ability to prevent such attacks, and mitigate, recover and restore their infrastructure, should such cyber-attacks occur.
The participation of GLACY+ offered a twofold opportunity:
  •  to highlight the challenges of the criminal justice sector in addressing cyber terrorism cases, and to provide examples on how to use the provisions of the Budapest Convention for effectively investigating, securing evidence, collaborating cross-country and prosecuting criminals;
  •  to discuss possible synergies between the respective programs and to start a platform for a collaboration in the region.



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