e-Infrastructure and e-Services. 7th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2015, Cotonou, Benin, December 15-16, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Vulnerabilities of Government Websites in a Developing Country – the Case of Burkina Faso

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-43696-8_14,
        author={Tegawend\^{e} Bissyand\^{e} and Jonathan Ouoba and Daouda Ahmat and Fr\^{e}deric Ou\^{e}draogo and Cedric B\^{e}r\^{e} and Moustapha Bikienga and Abdoulaye Sere and Mesmin Dandjinou and Oumarou Si\^{e}},
        title={Vulnerabilities of Government Websites in a Developing Country -- the Case of Burkina Faso},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services. 7th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2015, Cotonou, Benin, December 15-16, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2017},
        month={1},
        keywords={e-government Websites Security Vulnerabilities CMS Developing countries},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-43696-8_14}
    }
    
  • Tegawendé Bissyandé
    Jonathan Ouoba
    Daouda Ahmat
    Fréderic Ouédraogo
    Cedric Béré
    Moustapha Bikienga
    Abdoulaye Sere
    Mesmin Dandjinou
    Oumarou Sié
    Year: 2017
    Vulnerabilities of Government Websites in a Developing Country – the Case of Burkina Faso
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43696-8_14
Tegawendé Bissyandé,*, Jonathan Ouoba1,*, Daouda Ahmat2,*, Fréderic Ouédraogo3,*, Cedric Béré4,*, Moustapha Bikienga3,*, Abdoulaye Sere5,*, Mesmin Dandjinou5,*, Oumarou Sié4,*
  • 1: VTT Technical Research Center
  • 2: Université Virtuelle du Tchad
  • 3: Université de Koudougou
  • 4: Université de Ouagadougou
  • 5: Université Polytechnique de Bobo Dioulasso
*Contact email: tegawende.bissyande@uni.lu, jonathan.ouoba@vtt.fi, daoudique@gmail.com, frederic.ouedraogo@univ-ouaga.bf, cedric.bere@univ-ouaga.bf, moustapha.bikienga@univ-ouaga.bf, abdoulaye.sere@univ-ouaga.bf, mesmin.dandjinou@univ-ouaga.bf, oumarou.sie@univ-ouaga.bf

Abstract

Slowly, but consistently, the digital gap between developing and developed countries is being closed. Everyday, there are initiatives towards relying on ICT to simplify the interaction between citizens and their governments in developing countries. E-government is thus becoming a reality: in Burkina Faso, all government bodies are taking part in this movement with web portals dedicated to serving the public. Unfortunately, in this rush to promote government actions within this trend of digitization, little regards is given to the security of such web sites. In many cases, government highly critical web sites are simply produced in a product line fashion using Content Management Systems which the webmasters do not quite master.