GOV X

PROTECT THE FLAG

CYBERSECURITY INNOVATION CHALLENGE

ABOUT THE

INNOVATION CHALLENGE

THE AIM

Our aim is to drive innovation towards a more digitized and cyber safe South Africa.

Inspired by the XPrize Foundation, we believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. We want to incentivise the solution and challenge the youth to solve it.

WHY WE'RE DOING IT

  • Lack of cybersecurity skills in Africa: There are currently only approximately 10 000 cybersecurity professionals on the African continent*

 

  • Digitisation drives the need for cybersecurity: Data breaches have grown by 500% during the COVID-19 pandemic**

 

  • We have an urgent need for strong cybersecurity response (CSIRT) capacities to protect citizens 

 

  • Lack of support for victims of online gender-based violence in Africa: 39.3% of African women concerned about their safety online. ***

Sources: 

  • *Serianu's Africa Cyber Security Report 2017

  • **Atlas VPN 2020

  • ***African Feminist Research for a Feminist Internet August 2020

 
 

THE 

CHALLENGE

To find innovative approaches & solutions to tackle the cybersecurity issues facing government, businesses and critical infrastructure providers, and ultimately, to provide secure spaces in which vulnerable end users can live, work and transact online.

  1. Help victims of cybercrime  & prevent cybercrime  

  2. Help victims of online gender-based violence  & prevent online gender-based violence

  3. Raise cyber awareness amongst citizens and communities 

  4. Find innovative approaches & solutions for SA’s Cyber Security Hub (CERT)- www.cybersecurityhub.gov.za

 

TIMELINE

THE PRIZES

1ST PRIZE

R100 000

2ND PRIZE

R30 000

3RD PRIZE

R10 000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Bursaries for cybersecurity-related qualifications

Internships at sponsorship organisations

Mentorships

 

SPONSORS

PARTNERS

GOV-X Innovation Challenge

2020