This book is an attempt to discuss the legal and regulatory aspects of cybersecurity. The book examines international, regional and national regulatory responses to cybersecurity. It particularly examines the response of the United Nations and several international organizations to cybersecurity. It provides an analysis of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the Commonwealth Model Law on Computer and Computer Related Crime, the Draft International Convention to Enhance Protection from Cybercrime and Terrorism and the Draft Code on Peace and Security in Cyberspace. The book further examines policy and regulatory responses to cybersecurity in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, India, China and Russia. It also examines the African Union's regulatory response to cybersecurity and renders an analysis of the Draft African Union Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cybersecurity in Africa. It considers the development of cybersecurity initiatives by the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community and the East African Community. The book further provides an analysis of national responses to cybersecurity in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. It also examines efforts to develop policy and regulatory frameworks for cybersecurity in sixteen other African countries (Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia). Nigeria is used as a case study to examine the peculiar causes of cyber-insecurity and the challenges that hinder the regulation of cybersecurity in African states as well as the implications of poor cybersecurity governance on national security, economic development, international relations, human security and human rights. The book suggests several policy and regulatory strategies to enhance cybersecurity in Africa and the global information society with emphasis on the collective responsibility of all states in preventing trans-boundary cyber harm and promoting global cybersecurity. This book will be useful to policy makers, regulators, researchers, lawyers, IT professionals, law students and any person interested in seeking a general understanding of cybersecurity governance in developed and developing countries.
About the Author
Uchenna Jerome Orji is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) honours Degree from the University of Nigeria and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) Degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with a research specialization in Information Technology Law. He is also a Consultant to the African Center for Cyber Law and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP) of the United Nations, African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Kampala, Uganda.