Burkina Faso advances cybersecurity with new information system security law

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 13:40
Burkina Faso advances cybersecurity with new information system security law

(Ecofin Agency) - The Burkinabe government is stepping up efforts to fortify the security of the national cyberspace, responding to the swiftly advancing digital transformation and the rapid adoption of electronic communication services, all within the backdrop of an escalating frequency of cyberattacks.

In a strategic move, the government, during the Cabinet meeting on November 22, greenlit a pivotal report outlining a draft law specifically addressing the security of information systems in the country. The move is aimed at establishing a solid legal and regulatory framework that can effectively safeguard information systems, thereby mitigating the vulnerability of the administrative and economic development units. This draft law is slated to undergo the approval process in the Transitional Legislative Assembly.

The government's multifaceted approach involves not only addressing traditional security concerns but also aligning its strategies with the need of securing the increasingly vital cyberspace. This has always been part of the government’s priorities, as evidenced by the creation in November 2013 of the National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI)). The latter plays a pivotal role in the nation's cybersecurity landscape, with key missions encompassing the reduction of vulnerability in the national cyberspace, effective management of information system security incidents, and the implementation of a robust cybersecurity culture.

In July this year, the ANSSI was strategically placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry of Digital Transition, Posts, and Electronic Communications. This strategic realignment is envisaged to enhance the agency's operational efficiency and foster seamless collaboration with other critical stakeholders within Burkina Faso's dynamic digital ecosystem.



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