Towards the Establishment of an African Cyber-Army

ABSTRACT

Cybersecurity has become a critical element of the national security of countries. A cyber-army is a group of soldiers highly skilled in information technology with cyber skills. Cyber-armies are the unseen military cyber power which countries should employ to maintain national cybersecurity. A cyber-army has the ability to launch cyberattacks and collect information in order to gain a strategic military advantage. In this paper, selected cyber-armies are compared. The focus is on the establishment of an African Cyber-Army to defend and protect cyber sovereignty. An African Cyber-Army has to serve nations whose citizens often have low levels of cybersecurity awareness in conjunction with rapidly growing rates of access to cyberspace.


AUTHORS

Photo of Mike Aschmann

Directorate Information Warfare South African National Defence Force, Pretoria, South Africa and University of Venda
South Africa

Mike J. Aschmann is a Lieutenant Colonel in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Directorate Information Warfare (DIW). He is currently in the twenty-third year of his military service; for the first ten years, he was an infantry officer in the operational environment at various units within the SANDF. Since then, he has been involved in both the Signal and Information Warfare environment and has been deployed both internally and externally in Africa.

Photo of Joey Jansen van Vuuren

Defence Peace Safety and Security, CSIR Pretoria, South Africa
and
University of Venda, South Africa

Joey Jansen van Vuuren is the Research Group Leader for Cyber Defence at the CSIR South Africa. She provides the strategic research direction for the research group that is mainly involved in research for the SANDF and government sectors on cyber security, government policy and implementation of cybersecurity frameworks, and programs required to ensure national security for South Africa.

Photo of Dr. Louise Leenen

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
South Africa

Dr. Louise Leenen is a Principal Scientist in the Cyber Defence Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She earned a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Wollongong. She is the Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing’s Working Group on ICT in War and Peace. Her research focuses on artificial-intelligence applications in cyber defence.

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