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Digitalization and cybersecurity in Month of October

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By: Mefthe Aynalem, Huawei Technologies Ethiopia PlC, CSPO

In an increasingly interconnected world, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. With the rapid digitization of industries and government services, Ethiopia, like many nations, faces evolving cyber threats that require vigilance and proactive measures to protect its digital infrastructure and sensitive information. This October, as Ethiopia joins the global community in observing Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s an opportune time to delve into the significance of cybersecurity in the context of digitization.

Ethiopia’s digital revolution has been nothing short of remarkable. The country is harnessing technology to drive economic growth, improve public services, and enhance connectivity. This digital leap holds immense potential for sectors like agriculture, healthcare, and education. Yet, as Ethiopia embraces the digital era, it must simultaneously confront a host of cybersecurity challenges.

As Ethiopia’s digital footprint expands, so does the threat landscape. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, employing various tactics to infiltrate systems, steal sensitive information, and disrupt critical infrastructure. Common threats include:

Phishing Attacks: Cybercriminals send deceptive emails or messages to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links.

Ransomware: Malicious software encrypts files and demands a ransom for their release, often targeting businesses, healthcare facilities, and government institutions.

DDoS Attacks: Distributed Denial of Service attacks overwhelm websites and networks with traffic, causing them to become inaccessible.

Insider Threats: Employees or individuals with insider access may intentionally or unintentionally compromise data security.

In future articles we will introduced the mentioned threats and the recommended best practices to mitigate them.

Solutions for a Secure Digital Future

Cybersecurity Education: Promote cybersecurity awareness and education at all levels, from schools to businesses. Encourage training and certification programs for cybersecurity professionals.

Public-Private Partnerships: Collaborate with the private sector to pool resources and expertise. Joint initiatives can help address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals and foster innovation in the field.

International Cooperation: Engage in international cybersecurity partnerships and share threat intelligence.

As one key player in the ICT domain, Huawei engages by being part of the solution in capacity and ecosystem building and awareness creation through education and training. Huawei supports this initiative by setting up various programs, such as the ICT Academy, ICT competitions, the Seeds for the Future ram, the Women in Tech Program, and the Digitruck project.

Through the ICT Academy project, Huawei is working with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and has launched 47 ICT academies in both private and government higher education. and trained more than 60 instructors from different universities, and more than 8,000 students have registered and been certified with Huawei ICT Academy courses, including cybersecurity training contents.

The Huawei ICT Competition is an annual technical competition among global higher education institutions, and it is intended for students in Huawei ICT academies and those in higher education institutions that are willing to join the ICT Academy worldwide, started in 2015 with its 4th edition held in Ethiopia this year. For this 2022-2023 Huawei ICT Competition edition, 6 students from the practical-track and 3 students from the innovation track, a total of Nine Ethiopian University students travelled to China to represent Ethiopia in the 7th Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Global Final and won the 3rd prize, showcasing the countries ICT talent potential.

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