CyLab-Africa: Carnegie Mellon University
Themes & Topics
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 3: Develop 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 4: Design 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.