Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE)

The GFCE is a multi-stakeholder community of more than 170 members and partners from all regions of the world, aiming to strengthen cyber capacity and expertise globally. The GFCE endeavours to be a pragmatic, action-orientated and flexible platform for international collaboration, reducing overlap and duplication of efforts in the cyber capacity building (CCB) ecosystem to ensure an open, free, peaceful and secure digital world. As a global platform comprising of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, private companies, the technical community and academia, the GFCE builds global cyber capacity through the GFCE Working Groups, Cybil Knowledge Portal, the Clearing House function, the Global CCB Research Agenda and practical GFCE initiatives. Read more

Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC)

The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) is a leading international centre for research on efficient and effective cybersecurity capacity-building, promoting an increase in the scale, pace, quality and impact of cybersecurity capacity-building initiatives across the world. It has created a first-of-its-kind model to review cybersecurity capacity maturity across five areas (or ‘Dimensions’), which aims to enable nations to self-assess, benchmark, better plan investments and national cybersecurity strategies, as well as set priorities for capacity development. Read more

Oceania Cyber Security Centre’s (OCSC)

The OCSC was established in 2016 between eight Victorian Universities and the State Government of Victoria. OCSC vision is to advance cyber security education and research. Its mission is to work at the forefront of research to strengthen cyber security capacity and maturity, and to build contextualised digital resilience in Australia and in the wider Indo-Pacific region. OCSC’s university members and the 120+ specialist cyber security researchers within them, provide the OCSC with access to Victoria’s brightest talent. This talent is the cornerstone of the OCSC and provides the know-how needed to attain the desired impact on the national and international cyber security capacity-building projects the OCSC works on. 

At the invitation of governments, we conduct multi-stakeholder national cybersecurity capacity assessments using the University of Oxford’s Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM). These assessments help partner nations understand where they stand now on the cybersecurity maturity journey and identify their own priorities for next steps, while providing specific recommendations for national policies, strategies, and activities to strengthen capacity and resilience. 

The OCSC continues to work with partner nations and the international cyber security capacity building community on research and capacity-building projects that meet the identified needs and requests of partner nations, toward a safer and more secure digital environment for all.

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UCT School of IT

The vision of the School of IT is to be a hub of excellence in all areas of ICT research and training, within and in relation to local, African and global contexts.  Our goal is synergy among disciplines, multidisciplinary and a unified engagement with society, industry and government. The mission of the UCT School of IT is to develop a critical mass in research and training to meet the transformation goals of society.  We will develop a community with a distinctive identity, both inside and outside UCT, that is informed by and informs both the challenges of our society and the needs of the ICT industry. Read more

Research ICT Africa

Research ICT Africa (RIA) is an African think tank that has operated for over a decade to fill a strategic gap in the development of sustainable information society and digital economy. It has done so by building the multidisciplinary research capacity needed to inform evidence-based policy and effective regulation in Africa. RIA’s dynamic and evolving research agenda examines the uneven distribution of the benefits and harms of the intensifying global processes of digitalisation and datafication.Read more


C3SA is part of the global constellation of regional cybersecurity capacity research centres which includes the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC)  and  Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC). C3SA is a consortium between Research ICT Africa (RIA), the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the GCSCC at the University of Oxford, and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).

C3SA is hosted by the University of Cape Town and acts as a coordination and collaboration hub between cybersecurity capacity-building actors in order to reduce duplication of efforts on cyber capacity building in the region.  We are a partner of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) –  a forum that aims to strengthen cyber capacity and expertise globally.