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Observations on African Cybersecurity Landscape Authored by: Emilia Cebrat-Maslowski Introduction Africa’s rapid growth in Internet communications is creating a wide range of opportunities but also a wide range of vulnerabilities. This rapid shift to online activities has created a goldmine for cyber criminals.

Experimental IPv6-only network at APRICOT 2024 APRICOT is the Internet Network Operators Summit for the Asia Pacific region. Every year, a conference wireless network is built to provide connectivity for hundreds of delegates, with a separate "IPv6-only" SSID as an alternative for people to try. This year, we decided to experiment with a new approach, by using some of the recent mechanisms designed for "IPv6-mostly" networks to build a better "IPv6-only" network. What's IPv6-mostly?

Introduction In the intricate tapestry of the digital world, where data flows ceaselessly across networks, ensuring the integrity and security of Internet routing is paramount. Yet, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the backbone of Internet routing, has long been confronted with vulnerabilities that expose it to manipulation and hijacking. Here comes the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) – a cryptographic framework designed to fortify BGP and safeguard Internet routing against malicious actors.

As a result of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) Strategic Review Process, which started in 2022, the NRO agreed to work towards providing a robust, coordinated, and secure Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) service as one of the main priorities. The RPKI Steering Group, comprising routing security experts from all the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), collaborated to define the job description for the RPKI Program Manager and a global search was conducted in 2023.

AFRINIC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa and the Indian Ocean and currently serves 56 economies across its service region. In 2023, AFRINIC achieved significant milestones in its activities despite the ongoing constraints of operating without a CEO and quorate Board throughout the year. The year was quite significant as it marked the final year of the 2021 - 2023 Strategic Plan. We operated within three core pillars, each aimed at delivering value to AFRINIC’s members and stakeholders: Services to Members Ensuring responsible stewardship of Internet number resources. Delivering accurate registry services. Developing and delivering products and services for members.

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