Cybersecurity in Africa - 2022

David Tubananayo

2/16/20222 min read

Africa saw an increase in cybercrime incidents in 2021, with many organizations and people becoming targets of attacks like phishing scams, ransomware, and data breaches. However, the region also made major improvements in cybersecurity, with actions taken by organizations, companies, and people to strengthen their security posture. Africa will continue to put more emphasis on cybersecurity in 2022 as new possibilities and challenges arise.

The Progress of Cybersecurity Laws

To combat the rising danger of cybercrime, several African nations have passed cybersecurity legislation. The Rwanda Data Protection Law (Law No. 58/2021), which was approved by Rwanda's government in 2021, requires businesses to take steps to safeguard customer data. The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which mandates that businesses safeguard customer information and notify the public in the event of a data breach, went into force in South Africa in July 2021. More African nations are anticipated to implement cybersecurity laws in 2022 in order to safeguard their citizens' data and combat theft of information.

The Importance of Cybersecurity Education

Cybersecurity education is becoming increasingly important in Africa, as cyber threats become more prevalent. Many African governments and organizations are investing in cybersecurity education to ensure that individuals have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves online. In 2022, we can expect to see more initiatives aimed at promoting cybersecurity education across the continent. For example, the African Union (AU) launched the African Cybersecurity Resource Centre in 2021, which offers training and capacity-building programs for African countries.

The rise of startups in cybersecurity

In the years to come, it appears that the African cybersecurity market will expand quickly as more cybersecurity startups spread across the African continent.

The consequences of Remote Working

With many African businesses and organizations adopting remote work policies, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the move towards remote work. Due to the fact that workers are no longer working in secure offices, the risk of cyber threats has grown. More companies and organizations are likely to engage in remote work security solutions in 2022 in order to safeguard their networks and data.


In the area of cybersecurity, Africa will encounter new difficulties and opportunities in 2022. Governments, companies, and people in Africa are making efforts to strengthen their security posture despite the fact that cyber threats are only going to increase. In the upcoming year, several factors will influence the context of cybersecurity in Africa, including the growth of cybersecurity regulations, the significance of cybersecurity education, the expansion of cybersecurity companies, and the effects of remote work. Africa may build a more secure digital future by collaborating and investing in cybersecurity.