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2014 could open market for cybersecurity experts in Africa.

 

African Security News.- African Union Headquarters Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

African Security News.- African Union Headquarters Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Next January 2014 (24-31) , African Union (AU) Heads of State will meet in Ethiopia, and most likely vote to suscribe a cybersecurity convention draft, with the objetive to protect the continent from cyberattacks.

The Draft Convention on the Confidence and Security in Cyberspace would set a common cybersecurity legal framework for the Africa.

But experts said that even if the convention is approved at the summit, there is a shortage of cybersecurity experts across the continent that would delay its implementation.

However, there is concern that the vote could be postponed again because, the AU could use all of the Summit with the issue of ensuring that Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta does not attend his trial at The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity.

The draft convention includes sections on electronic commerce, personal data protection, cybercrime — with a special focus on racism, xenophobia and child pornography — and national cybersecurity.

The AU draft convention also encourages member states to promote cybersecurity education for IT professionals and to add offences for hacking computer systems to their criminal codes. Africa has IT professionals but lacks well-trained cybersecurity experts.

One of the few countries with enough expertise in cybersecurity is Egypt, with years of experience teaching cybersecurity experts from other African countries. Kenya has very good IT professionals, but need a overhauling with extensive training in cybersecurity.