The Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for South Africa (C3SA) is a research project and part of a global constellation of regional cybersecurity capacity research centers including the University of Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC). C3SA is a consortium between Research ICT Africa (RIA), the Department of Information Systems (DIS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).
The project strives to improve the African region’s ability to protect digital infrastructure and combat cyber threats and recover from cyber crime in a safe digital society. Vulnerabilities and risks in the cyber domain are particularly challenging for developing and post-conflict countries due to weak digital infrastructures, institutions, management mechanisms, and limited resources. The project’s main target group covers countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) including Angola, Botswana, Republic of Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
C3SA conducts research activities by crossing academic disciplines and knowledge areas for cybersecurity capacity building (CCB) in each country and of the whole region. The research informs policy to support the development of national strategies, increased awareness, educational opportunities, and legal frameworks on cybersecurity unique to the different environments.
The work of C3SA is based on the methodical framework of the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) to map and review cybersecurity capacity. The CMM framework is developed by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) in consultation with over 200 international experts from private and public sectors. The CMM considers five dimensions to be required by countries to build and sustain effective cybersecurity:
C3SA consists of cybersecurity experts, researchers, and PhD candidates. The project and its participants are coordinated from the University of Cape Town (UCT). C3SA is part of NUPI's Centre for Digitalization and Cyber Security Studies.
Oxford Martin School - The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC)
University of Cape Town (UCT)
Research ICT Africa (RIA)