Kaspersky Predicts Dynamic Evolution of Cyberthreat Landscape in Africa for 2024

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By Editorial Desk 3 Min Read

As the digital transformation of organizations continues to progress, Africa remains a prime target for cybercrime in 2023.

At a recent press conference in Johannesburg, Kaspersky shared insights and statistics on the regional threat landscape in the third quarter of 2023 and provided forecasts for 2024.

Web Threats


South Africa saw a 24% increase in the number of corporate users affected by web threats from Q2 to Q3 2023. However, when comparing Q3 2022 to Q3 2023, there was an 8% decline in the number of corporate users affected by web threats.

Phishing


Phishing attacks in Kenya increased by 32% in Q3 2023 compared to Q2 2023 and by 12% compared to Q3 2022. In Nigeria, there was a 12% increase in phishing attacks in Q3 2023 compared to Q2, but a decrease of 8% compared to Q3 2022.

Attacks on Industrial Control Systems


Africa experienced a high number of detected attacks on industrial control systems (ICS computers). In Q3 2023, attacks were detected on 32% of ICS computers in Africa, with specific percentages in South Africa (22%), Kenya (28%), and Nigeria (25%).

Attacks on the Internet of Things


The number of attacks on IoT devices has been increasing globally. In Q3 2023, South Africa accounted for 28% of attacks on IoT devices in the African region, followed by Kenya (12%) and Nigeria (6%).

Forecast for 2024


Kaspersky anticipates an evolution of cyberthreats in 2024, with an upsurge in state-sponsored cyber-attacks and an increase in ‘hacktivism’ as a norm of cyber-warfare.

The prevalence of accessible generative AI is expected to fuel an expansion of spear-phishing tactics, while the exploitation of vulnerabilities in mobile and IoT devices is projected to rise.

Protective Measures


To combat these threats, Kaspersky experts recommend regular cyber skill checkups for employees, training through the Kaspersky Security Awareness portfolio, educating corporate users on privacy risks in virtual environments, promptly installing firmware updates for digital devices, using Cyber Immune solutions for IoT protection, leveraging Kaspersky Threat Intelligence to block malicious network connections, and implementing continuous vulnerability assessment and triage.

The cybersecurity landscape in Africa is expected to undergo significant changes in 2024, and organizations are advised to proactively counter these evolving cyberthreats with advanced technologies and comprehensive training for their staff.

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