Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for ICT speaks at a stakeholders meeting in Nairobi.
Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of ICT Mr. Joseph Mucheru met with senior government officials from the Kenyan Government to discuss the government’s cyber security efforts and the preparatory plans to host the inaugural Africa Cyber Defence Summit to be held in 9th – 10th July, 2018.
Mr. Mucheru highlighted that: “Technology has become a key economic enabler for African nations. The rate at which internet and mobiles have penetrated into the continent in the recent past is phenomenal. Amidst these exciting developments, it is imperative to addressthe challenges of cyber security collaboratively and to protect our critical infrastructures, as well as to ensure that sensitive information and data are secured. The forthcoming Summit is one of the many initiatives that the Government of Kenya is pursuing to achieve this goal.”
Scheduled to be Africa’s most high-profile gathering with over 300 senior professionals including Ministers, CEOs, CIOs and CISOs, the summit will address regional cyber security challenges and associated solutions through a very-engaging agenda.
The summit is hosted by the Government of Kenya and organized by Kenya-based Africa Cyberspace Network (ACN) and Dubai-based business facilitation company Naseba.
The key objectives of the summit include:
- Promote cyber security leadership and governance from the top level of every organization
- Identify gaps and build capacity for strategic, technical and operational elements of cyber security
- Address cyber security holistically by enhancing collaboration between African nations and across industry verticals
- Facilitate partnerships that develops local industry and contextualize cutting edge cyber security solutions and services
- Initiate a dialogue towards the setting up of regional cyber security action frameworks
Scott Ragsdale, Chairman of Naseba, highlighted the company’s commitment to Africa’s economic objectives and the tremendous growth opportunities within the continent. “Africa represents the biggest growth opportunities in business today and we are proud to receive such great support from the Kenya Ministry of ICT and to partner with ACN on this landmark project.”
“We have held multiple productive discussions with the Kenyan Government and our partner Naseba about the summit and about setting up a cyber security institute. Concrete steps and actions have been taken following that and we are very happy with the support we have been getting from our partners.”
About Africa Cyber Space Network
Africa Cyber Space Network (ACN) is a premier international cyber protection network that is at the forefront in Africa’s cyber security protection initiatives. ACN develops and manages various national, sub-regional and regional strategic initiatives to promote cyber security in collaboration with the Internet security corporations, telecommunication service providers, government agencies, and other key partners.
As a key driver of cyber security in Africa, the ACN identifies risks, provides guidance to protect critical assets, produces threat intelligence, promotes information sharing, and coordinates efforts to respond to and recover from national cyber incidents.