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Regional Cyberdrill for Africa


Regional Cyberdrill for Africa (AFR)
BICC, Lilongwe, Malawi, 8-12 May 2023​​


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) improves a states' cybersecurity readiness, protection, and incident response capabilities by conducting CyberDrills at the regional and international levels. A CyberDrill is an annual event during which cyber-attacks, information security incidents, or other types of disruptions are simulated in order to test an organization's cyber capabilities, from being able to detect a security incident to the ability to respond appropriately and minimize any related impact. Through a CyberDrill, participants are able to validate policies, plans, procedures, processes, and capabilities that enable preparation, prevention, response, recovery, and continuity of operations.

To date, the ITU has organized more than 30 CyberDrill events around the world to enhance cybersecurity capacity and capabilities through regional collaboration and cooperation.

The 2023 ITU Regional CyberDrill for Africa will be held, from 8
th to 12th May 2023, at Bingu International Conference Center, in Lilongwe, Malawi at the kind invitation of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). ​


The purpose of the symposium  is to provide an appropriate platform for senior ICT and cyber security officials from the Africa region to discuss, formulate strategic directions and plans to tackle emerging threats to the global and regional Security sector  and the purpose of the Cyberdrill is to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of the participating teams as well as to ensure a continued collective effort in mitigating cyber threats among the Region's national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs). 


The regional Cyberdrill for Africa will tailor event sessions around four thematic concepts: Reflect, Share, Learn and Practice

  • Reflect: Bring together the regional cybersecurity community to review major regional cybersecurity trends and consider improvements based on the five pillars of ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) and The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI).
  • Share: Promote knowledge sharing of beneficial communication networks, and exchange funding stream resources.
  • Learn: Build capacity for the CSIRT communities within incident response and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP)
  • Practice: Test operational resiliency key concepts across CSIRT/CIRT/CERT community


  • cyberdrill2.png08-09 May 2023: Learn                   Cyberdrill3.png09:00-17:00 (CAT)​
  •                              10 May 2023: Reflect and Share 
  •                              11-12 May 2023: Practice

  • cyberdrill4.png Speakers                                                  Cyberdrill5.pngRegistration


Will be available soon​


The regional Cyberdrill is open to national CIRTs/CSIRTs, Ministries, regulators, telecommunication operators, academia and educational institutions, telecommunication equipment manufacturers, research and design institutes, software developers including other interested stakeholders of the ITU Member States, and sector members in Africa.​


We recommend that all participants attending the CyberDrill have a computer with a stable Internet connection.

Registration details including meeting links and additional meeting information will be sent to participants registered email address.