The CyLab-Africa initiative, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute and CMU-Africa, aims to improve the cybersecurity of digital systems in Africa and other emerging economies. CyLab researchers from CMU-Africa and CMU-Pittsburgh are studying the security, privacy, and equity of digital tools and services in Africa through a combination of research, education, and public outreach.
There is a huge amount of projected growth in the African economy over the next five years. In order to drive digital inclusion alongside that growth, experts say big improvements need to be made to the security and resilience of the continent’s financial technologies and infrastructure.
Past events and conferences
- West Africa Conference on Digital Infrastructure and Cybersecurity (November 2023)
- CyLab-Africa Summit on Digital Public Goods (October 2022)
- West Africa Conference on Digital Public Goods and Cybersecurity (May 2022)
The CyLab-Africa team is interested in working with other organizations and institutions with the mission of improving digital inclusion in Africa and other developing nations. If you or your institution are interested in getting involved or learning more, please download our CyLab-Africa information packet and contact Michael Lisanti. For other partnership opportunities at CMU-Africa, please contact Faith Rugema.
Stakeholder collaboration in Rwanda’s digital transformation
CyLab-Africa and the Upanzi Network, AfricaNenda, and Rwanda Information Society Authority jointly hosted a digital public infrastructure and digital public goods stakeholder engagement workshop. This workshop served as a catalyst for collaborative efforts aimed at advancing Rwanda’s digital transformation.
picoCTF-Africa sees significant growth in competition’s second year
In just its second year, the cybersecurity hacking competition saw over 1250 students, as the number of female participants doubled, and the number of high school participants increased by more than 365 percent. Additionally, four teams finished in the top 50 on picoCTF’s global leaderboard, demonstrating the initiative’s immediate impact.
The network focuses on creating, testing, innovating, and assisting in implementing digital technologies at scale and influencing technology policy recommendations to support low- and middle-income countries.