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Cyber Security Online Forum

Perspectives on the Africa Endeavor 2017 symposium

Strength in Numbers

January 2018, Number 09.01

“Internet and mobile technologies permeate Africa, transforming all aspects of human life on the continent and inducing a transference of humanity to cyberspace. The challenges of digitalization are apparent as cyber crime meets a deficit of cyber security laws, and combatting traditional crimes requires transnational interoperability. Africa Endeavor 2017, held in Malawi, underscored some significant cyber security shortfalls that most of the continent has yet to consider. Senior representatives of many African nations attend the annual symposium co-hosted by U.S. Africa Command and an African partner country. 

The presentations generated strong audience engagement and a tremendous interest in comprehending not only the parameters of cyber security, but how to begin addressing the problems. It is this author’s view that countries such as Cape Verde that have already begun to address cyber security issues must be available to help others by becoming partners in the fight against cyber crime. But the most important step is to convince policymakers of the importance of cyber security and the need to create laws that, if compatible with international partners, can effectively address cyber crime...”

Excerpt from Domingos Tavares, “Strength in Numbers,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 9, No. 1, 2018: 62-64.

Capt. Domingos Tavares, a graduate of CTOC 16-07, serves as the Intelligence Service Vice-Director, National Guard, Cape Verde Ministry of National Defense.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.