A regional view on international cybersecurity

The scope, problem, and remedies as seen in West Africa

Authored by: Folake Olagunju Oyelola

Routledge Handbook of International Cybersecurity

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  January  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138489011
eBook ISBN: 9781351038904
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351038904-24

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Abstract

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a diverse geographical region made up of a combination of 15 coastal, landlocked, and island countries. The region has experienced growth in access to the Internet attributable to an increase in mobile Internet penetration (GSMA, 2018) and the improvement in the expansion of infrastructure, policy and regulatory harmonization of the ICT sector. Access to various submarine cables has made connectivity to the world-wide network possible with most of the coastal countries connected to at least one submarine cable whist the landlocked countries have at least two routes to submarine cables through coastal countries. Meanwhile, the region has adopted common policies and regulations to attract more investment and enable a faster development of the sector in order to achieve the digital transformation of the region.

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