New report finds Africa moderately prepared for cyber attacks

A recent report by KnowBe4, a provider of security awareness training and simulated phishing platforms, has revealed that Africa is moderately prepared regarding security culture. 

The report focuses on the relationship between security practices and employee behaviours within businesses. It is based on surveys conducted across hundreds of businesses worldwide and provides a five-year comparative view, highlighting significant changes that impact the cybersecurity landscape. 

According to the research, Africa’s cybersecurity landscape faced challenges such as limited resources, inadequate cyber awareness, and economic restraints in 2023. However, the continent’s cybersecurity preparation efforts are now improving. Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana are leading the way in cybersecurity preparation, according to the research, with scores of 76, 75, and 74, respectively. 

These countries have demonstrated effective measures to improve cybersecurity, supported by their governments. Moreover, Ghana’s strong improvement in cybersecurity, as indicated by its rise in the Global Cybersecurity Index, is a testament to Africa’s commitment to cybersecurity preparedness. 

The report uses a global metric known as the security culture score to assess businesses’ security approaches. 

According to Javvad Malik, Lead Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, this score reflects how much importance different entities worldwide place on cybersecurity within their organizational culture. Anna Collard, SVP of content strategy and evangelist for KnowBe4 Africa, emphasizes the importance of strengthening cybersecurity readiness, given the critical development requirements. 

The report reveals that organisations evaluated across 20 African countries show an average security culture score of 72, consistent with the previous year, indicating a moderate level of readiness in security culture.

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