Towards academic computer emergency response teams in African developing countries


  • Leonard Mutembei Institute of Accountancy Arusha
  • Fredrick Ishengoma The University of Dodoma



Computer Emergency Response Teams, Computer Security Incident Response Team, African Developing Countries


The increasing number of cyberattacks on African universities demonstrates the critical need for a more profound shift in perspective from a simple IT problem to the implementation of more resilient security measures and policies, and thus, Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). Fortunately, even though there are numerous CERTs worldwide, there are relatively few studies in the literature that address academic-CERT in the African context. This article summarizes the CERT landscape in African countries and proposes a framework for academic-CERT. The proposed framework aims to fortify African academic institutions' resilient security measures. The paper will serve as a foundation for developing academic CERTs in African countries, which will eventually result in the implementation of national CERTs and the protection of online users.

Author Biography

Leonard Mutembei, Institute of Accountancy Arusha

Leonard Mutemberi serves as an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) in the Department of Informatics. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer science from the University of Dar es salaam and a Specialized MasterNetwork and Information Security from Ecole Superieure D'Informatique Electronique Automatique, France. He is a member of the professional body IEEE, and his research interest lies in computer and network security.




How to Cite

Mutembei, L., & Ishengoma, F. (2022). Towards academic computer emergency response teams in African developing countries. Bulletin of Social Informatics Theory and Application, 5(2), 158–164.