- Cybercrime is on the rise in Cameroon, with far-reaching consequences for individuals, businesses and national security.
- Cameroon lost XAF12.2 billion in 2021 to cybercrime, including losses from intrusion, scams, phishing and banking card skimming.
- Business email compromise (BEC) attacks are a major threat to companies in Cameroon.
- Cameroon has taken steps to address cybercrime through comprehensive legislation and its accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
- Internet users are recommended to follow specific security measures, such as keeping software updated, using strong, unique passwords and being cautious with email attachments and suspicious links.
- Collective efforts from government institutions, private businesses, and citizens are essential to enforcing laws, reporting cybercrimes and investing in cybersecurity measures.
- Increased awareness and action at individual, corporate and state levels are crucial to safeguarding Cameroon’s digital landscape.