CyLab-Africa: Carnegie Mellon University

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CyLab-Africa’s plan for improving financial inclusion involves five initial research thrusts.

Thrust 1: Assess the current cybersecurity landscape among African fintechs and users. In this thrust, we will conduct surveys among African fintech operators to better understand the cyber-readiness and investment landscape in cybersecurity within the financial sector. Learn more about the survey.

Thrust 2: Evaluate digital identity infrastructure (MOSIP) for identity management. The purpose of this thrust is to build a test deployment of the MOSIP identity management platform at CMU-Africa.

Thrust 3Develop open-source infrastructure for threat intelligence sharing and diagnosis. Our goal in this thrust is to design open-source tools for enabling network operators (e.g., of digital identity systems like MOSIP) to outsource the detection of malicious activity to trained professionals.

Thrust 4Design training program for cybersecurity workforce development. This thrust will build upon CMU’s efforts surrounding picoCTF, a capture-the-flag remote learning activity for teaching cybersecurity skills to students of all ages. In particular, we will focus on targeting female participants who may not already be in cybersecurity-related roles.

Thrust 5: Support all thrusts with community building and development efforts. The goal of thrust 5 is to support all preceding thrusts through the form of continuous community building and development activities.