The internet as a tool of labor is an integral part of any workplace. It enables a small home office network, ย while also being the backbone of large enterprise networks. Broadband connectivity drives the economy, it's the catalyst for productivity. Also as important is securing all the information on these workplace systems.

In its 10th edition now, The World Cyber Security Summit, is the assembly point for Africaโ€™s cyber defence cavalry. Every year, cyber security practitioners from across Africa gather to take stock of the ever-increasing cyber threat landscape. Following the precedent set last year, due to the pandemic, the 2021 summit was hosted virtually by Trescon.

iAfrikan.com as a media partner was present to cover all the proceedings.

Africa's cybersecurity professionals share insights

The summit kicked off with an introductory video, taking all attendees through a visual journey of how cyberattacks are initiated by black hat hackers and gradually mature into full-blown breaches. After the tone was set, attendees then proceeded to the conference lobby where cybersecurity exhibitions were on display, networking circles to engage with industry leaders, peers, and other attendees.

Festivities went into full swing when panel presentations and discussions started. Again credit to the technology supporting the virtual summit. Notification alerts attendants to the start of all panel sessions. In between sessions, navigation features allow the transition to boardrooms to engage expert panelists in previous sessions with ease.

Over 30 CISOโ€™s, IT, Cyber Security leaders from across the globe unpacked and shared insights, best practices around cyber intelligence strategies, critical infrastructure development, cybersecurity curriculum to build skills capacity. Highly anticipated panel discussions gave critical thought to, Government cybersecurity framework & strategies; Cybersecurity trends & crucial security strategies for sector and enterprise; Cybersecurity regional & global best practices; Future of AI technologies in Africa.

African intelligentsia

The summit was led by African intelligentsia, representing all corners of the continent.

โ— Faheem Ali, Chief Risk Officer, Kenya
โ— Ashish Khanna, Information Security Specialist,UAE
โ— Daniel Adaramola, CISO Unity Bank, Nigeria
โ— Stanley Mawangi Chege, CISO Jubilee Insurance, Kenya
โ— Hisham Mohamed Aly, CISO Emirates NBD, Egypt
โ— Muyowa Mutemwa, Cyber Security Operations Manager, South Africa

The first line of a coordinated defence against hackers, cybercriminals and cyber terrorists is the World Cyber Security Summit. Effective incident response stems from collaboration.

Analyses, reducing cyber threat vulnerabilities & disseminating cyber threat warning information, is the precursor to a Pan-African computer security incident response team.

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