Global Commitment: GFCE and ACBF Sign MOU to Strengthen Cybersecurity Capacity Building

By: Dominic Sepenu

GFCE and ACBF unite in a landmark MOU to bolster Africa’s cybersecurity resilience. This collaboration aims to address escalating cyber threats by pooling resources and expertise. Through targeted capacity-building programs, governments, institutions, and individuals will gain vital skills to mitigate risks effectively.

In a significant move towards enhancing global cybersecurity resilience, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), Africa Hub, and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bolster capacity-building efforts in cybersecurity across Africa.

The MOU signifies a collaborative commitment to address the pressing challenges faced by African nations in cyberspace. With the exponential growth of digital technologies, Africa has become increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, ranging from malicious cyber activities to data breaches and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure.

Under the terms of the agreement, the GFCE and ACBF pledge to pool their resources, expertise, and networks to deliver targeted capacity-building programs tailored to the needs of African countries. This collaboration aims to empower governments, institutions, and individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to mitigate cyber risks effectively.

Key components of the partnership include:

1. Resource Mobilization: Facilitating the exchange of resources, best practices, lessons learned, and expertise in cybersecurity capacity building between the GFCE’s global network and ACBF’s extensive regional reach in Africa.

2. Capacity Building Programs: Organizing training sessions, workshops, and seminars designed to build the technical and strategic capacities of African stakeholders in cybersecurity governance, risk management, incident response, and other critical areas.

3. Research and Policy Development: Supporting research initiatives and policy dialogues to inform evidence-based cybersecurity strategies and policy frameworks that align with regional priorities and international standards.

4. Networking and Collaboration: Fostering partnerships and collaboration among government agencies, academia, private sector entities, and civil society organizations to foster a holistic and inclusive approach to cybersecurity capacity building.

Mr. Moctar Yedaly, Director of the GFCE Africa Hub, expressed optimism about the transformative potential of the MOU, stating, “By joining forces with ACBF, we can leverage our collective strengths to build a more resilient and inclusive cybersecurity ecosystem in Africa.”

The signing of the MOU between the GFCE and ACBF represents a significant milestone in the global efforts to promote cybersecurity capacity building, specifically focusing on addressing the unique challenges African countries face. As cyberspace evolves rapidly, collaborative initiatives like these are essential to ensure a safer and more secure digital future.