Q4/2019 - African Union

AU Cyber Security Expert Group, Addis Ababa, 10 – 12 December 2019

On 10 December 2019, the African Union established a new African Union Cyber Security Expert Group (AUCSEG). The new group, which has ten members from the five regions of Africa, shall make recommendations to governments how to deal with the challenges of the digital age in order to advance the development of the digital economy on the African continent without jeopardizing national security. The mandate of the group comprises eight tasks[1]. The group is chaired by Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, an Internet expert from Nigeria[2]. Ajijola was Senior Special Assistant Innovation & Technology to the Security Advisor to the President of Nigeria. He was a member of the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace (GCSC) from 2017 to 2019 and sits on the board of the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise (GFCE) in The Hague. Ajijola war Senior Special Assistant Innovation & Technology des Sicherheitsberaters der Präsidenten von Nigeria. Er war von 2017 bis 2019 Mitglied der Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace (GCSC) und ist im Vorstand des Global Forums for Cyberexpertise (GFCE) in Den Haag.

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  1. [1] African Union Cybersecurity Expert Group holds its first inaugural meeting, Addis Abeba, 12. Dezember 2019: „The AUCSEG will be specifically tasked with the following: 1. Advising the African Union Commission (AUC) on cyber security issues and policies; 2. Proposing solutions to facilitate the ratification and domestication of the Malabo Convention into national laws 3. Sharing best practice on how to mitigate current and new threats and on the protection of critical infrastructure and election systems as well ; 4. Identifying areas of research needed for the formulation of policies, guidelines, etc., which can be general or sector-specific, 5. Identifying ways to support the establishment and development of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs); 6. Developing ways for close collaboration among AU Member States and stakeholders, on Cybersecurity; 7. Proposing ways to build capacities and to increase skills in ICTs security and their proper use; 8. Supporting AU on building African Position within the international process related to Cybersecurity including ways of cooperation with international stakeholders. The group also will adopt a strategies and action plans to address the African cybersecurity needs and gaps in resources and know-how. The final objective is to propose decisions on the promotion of Cybersecurity for socio-economic development in Africa.“ In: https://au.int/en/pressreleases/20191212/african-union-cybersecurity-expert-group-holds-its-first-inaugural-meeting