To evaluate the cybersecurity status of each of the sixteen countries in the Southern African Development Community as a region and ascertain their cybersecurity capacity maturity in light of emerging cyber risks, threats and vulnerabilities, the  ‘Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA)‘ published a report.


The study applies the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM), of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC), which serves as a benchmarking tool to objectively evaluate the status of cybersecurity, according to five dimensions of the model. The dimensions are:

  • Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy
  • Cybersecurity Culture and Society
  • Building Cybersecurity Knowledge and Capabilities
  • Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Standards and Technologies

Such granular assessment of cybersecurity capacity allows the report to make specific policy recommendations for the different aspects of the model with the aim that countries can take the necessary steps to increase the scale and effectiveness of cybersecurity capacity-building. For most of the countries the SADC region, this will be the first cybersecurity maturity assessment and it will be valuable in informing national cybersecurity strategies and policy priorities. The study will use reports from CMM reviews, the latest International Telecommunication Union Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), the recently released World Development Report 2021 and various other sources.

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