UK wants cyber defense center in Africa

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British government announces interest in helping countries protect themselves from cyber attacks from Russia and China. On the agenda is the creation of a cyber center that would operate in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.

The UK Government said on Wednesday (12/05) that it will invest the equivalent of 25 million euros to help vulnerable countries in Africa and the Pacific to build cyber defenses to prevent China, Russia and others from filling the “ vacuum in cyberspace ”.British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the United Kingdom investment would be used to support national cyber response teams, advise mass online security awareness campaigns and collaborate with Interpol to create a new operations center cybernetics in Africa.

Raab said the United Kingdom and its partners need to take steps to ensure that there is free, open and peaceful cyberspace in the face of hostile states seeking to undermine democratic elections and turn the Internet into a lawless space.

"We have to win hearts and minds around the world for a much wider space, for our positive vision of cyberspace ... For the benefit of everyone," said Raab at an online security conference.

“Frankly, we also have to prevent China, Russia and other countries from filling the multilateral vacuum. This means doing much more to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries, which are most at risk ”.

Last month, the United Kingdom joined the United States in saying that Russia's foreign intelligence service was responsible for hacking SolarWinds, which affected nine federal agencies and hundreds of private sector companies.

The UK's top cyber spy also warned in April that the West needed to act urgently to ensure that China did not dominate important emerging technologies and gained control of the "global operating system".

Raab said the United Kingdom investment would be used to support national cyber response teams, advise mass online security awareness campaigns and collaborate with Interpol to create a new cyber operations center in Africa.

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