According to a KnowBe4 2020 Phishing by Industry Benchmarking Report, from all the international data, African citizens appear to be the most vulnerable. As outlined in KnowBe4’s African Cybersecurity Research Whitepaper, “From ransomware to phishing, to malware and credential theft, users are not protecting themselves adequately because they mistakenly believe themselves to be informed, ready, and prepared.

Of Africans surveyed, 53% think that trusting emails from people they know is good enough; 28% have fallen for a phishing email and 50% have had a malware infection; 52% don’t know what multifactor authentication is; and 64% don’t know what ransomware is and yet believe they can easily identify a security threat.”

On a continent where half a billion citizens are connected to the Internet, and with this number increasing to an estimated 1 billion by 2022 (half a billion more untrained users), this emerging economy is very attractive to cybercriminals for a few reasons:

  1. High degree of digitization of economic activities
  2. High unemployment rates drive youths to illegal activities
  3. Mobile connectivity, such as the pervasiveness of WhatsApp and it’s use for fake news dissemination
  4. Immature understanding of the current cyber situation and need
  5. Talent gap

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