Cyber Risk Forces Africa’s Maritime Security Concerns to Evolve
One critical aspect of maritime security (and by far the most studied in the African context) is piracy. The effort and funding put towards anti-piracy efforts have borne some fruit in Africa, especially along the notorious Somalian coastline, but there is always a fear of recurrence.
Unfortunately, the next African maritime security issue may not come from piracy but from a cyberattack, which few are prepared for. A report by the Institute of Security Studies, Africa (ISS) released earlier this month highlights a difficult reality in terms of cybersecurity unpreparedness in the African maritime sector. The report observes that many African states are not dedicating sufficient resources to address current and future cyber security challenges.