With the ever-growing dependence on technology, without doubt, the internet provides us with unprecedented access to information that was previously out of reach, makes our lives flexible, easier and makes operations faster from e-commerce to entertainment.
The digital economy is growing in Africa with 44% internet penetration in Africa, it is no doubt that technology is evolving, however, this benefit come with the rise of sophisticated cyber threats with Cybercrime as a multi-billion dollar industry. It has become imperative to respond to these threats in protecting digital trust in today’s world. In a recent report by Interpol, they recognized that fighting cybercrime is a collective effort.
Diary of Hackers, an award winning cybersecurity community that aims
to promote cybersecurity education and capacity building is kickstarting a Cybersecurity Education Initiative (CYSED) – a youth-led non-profit organization committed to promoting cybersecurity awareness and capacity building for secured cyberspace.
CYSED aims at providing individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to combat global cyber threats in Africa through Digital Inclusion, Cybersecurity Awareness, Capacity Building, Cyber Diplomacy, Research, Development & Innovation, Digital Rights & data privacy.
“CYSED was established with the mission of finding innovative and sustainable ways of creating a safer digital environment by equipping individuals, organizations, and communities with the necessary tools and knowledge to defend against cyber threats and prevent cybercrime in Africa.” – Joshua Moses
CYSED hopes to achieve this by :
- Collaborating with government, academia and private organization to advance cybersecurity education in Africa
- Promoting international opportunities through cybersecurity scholarships, training and internships.
- Promoting national and global cybersecurity awareness campaigns against all forms of cyber-related crime
- Building an outsourcing hub for young cybersecurity professionals to access global projects and build rewarding careers.
- Promoting, advancing and accelerating a safe digital transformation and inclusion
- Initiating programs that increase access to understandable information on individual rights to data privacy.
- Furthering the peaceful use of ICT and promote international co-operation among African states
CYSED recognizes the pressing need to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap and promote collaboration among stakeholders. “We believe that we can foster partnerships in implementing projects and programs with the support from industry leaders, private sectors and the community, helping the government to operationalise policies and working with educational institutions to foster research and development with the aims of enhancing cybersecurity practices across the board.”
The recent project was an intervention to implement a cybercrime prevention program in Lagos State for young people with a high risk of engaging in cybercrime. Through our flagship initiative (Diary of Hackers), we organized a National Cybersecurity Awareness campaign that reached over 300,000 people in 2022, we organized an annual conference for enthusiasts in cybersecurity and other initiatives as part of our quota to contribute to the safety of our digital world.
Interested parties are invited to this mission. Whether you are an individual looking to volunteer your time and skills, a supporter willing to make a donation, or an organization interested in collaborating with CYSED, there are various ways we can work together towards making a secured digital space, please visit cysed.org/get-involved to learn more about how you can get involved.
A Note From Joshua: Co-Founder/Executive Director, Cybersecurity Education Initiative (CYSED)
“CYSED would like to thank our supporters, partners, and volunteers who have shown unwavering dedication to our cause. Your support is invaluable and we are honored to have you as part of our growing community.
As we look to the future, CYSED remains committed to making a lasting impact on cybersecurity awareness and education. Together, we can build a more secure digital world, empowering the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to defend against emerging threats and shape the future of cybersecurity.
It is important to fight cybercrime and promote digital safety in a new perspective, through the lens of sustainable and innovative ways, that’s what CYSED is set to do.”
You can reach out to the CYSED team using contact information below:
Email: [email protected]