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Combating Cybercrime: A Cybersecurity Innovation Center Opens at ESATIC


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Cybercrime is a global scourge affecting all nations, including Ivory Coast. In 2023, the country witnessed a 20% increase in cyberattacks, with significant economic and social consequences.

To combat this growing threat, the Ivorian government adopted a National Cybersecurity Strategy (2021-2025) in 2021. Among its aims is the crucial task of strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

The ESATIC Cybersecurity Innovation Center

Part of this strategy’s implementation led to the opening of the Cybersecurity Innovation Center (CIC) within the École Supérieure Africaine des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (ESATIC) in Abidjan. Launched on April 13, 2023, the CIC’s mission is to train cybersecurity experts and develop innovative solutions to fight cybercrime.

ESATIC Cybersecurity Innovation Center

The center boasts research and training labs equipped with cutting-edge technology. It offers both university-level and short-term training programs, along with dedicated research and development initiatives.

The Center’s Objectives

The CIC’s core objectives are:

  • To train cybersecurity experts who can address the needs of Ivorian businesses and institutions.
  • To develop innovative solutions to combat cybercrime.
  • To promote a culture of cybersecurity within Ivory Coast.


The establishment of the ESATIC Cybersecurity Innovation Center marks a significant step in Ivory Coast’s fight against cybercrime. This center will contribute to training the experts the country needs to protect itself from cyberattacks.

Furthermore, the CIC stands as a symbol of the Ivorian government’s commitment to enhancing the nation’s cybersecurity landscape.

Source: Government of Ivory Cost

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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