Date 16 – 19 September 2014

Location Arusha, Tanzania

2nd annual Cyber Defence East Africa conference, organised by Norway Registers Development East Africa and ISACA Tanzania Chapter.

Please see CDEA 2014 conference report.

On the 16th to 19th of September almost a hundred IT professionals, IS auditors and Information security enthusiasts from Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi gathered in Arusha for Cyber Defence East Africa 2014 (CDEA2014). The main theme for the sessions and discussions this year was Fighting against Financial and Data Privacy Crime.

The conference was attended by the representatives from East African Community, American and Russian Embassies, Tanzania government institutions such as the Office of the President, Tanzania Revenue Authority, Public Service Pensions Fund, National Identification Authority, National Audit Office, Tanzania Ports Authority, Tanesco as well as a number of banks and other public and private sector organisations.

Opening the conference, Mr Pereira Ame Silima - a deputy Minister for Home Affairs at The Government of The United Republic of Tanzania - stressed that "Cyber security has become a global threat which needs an urgent attention at national, regional and international level". He also noted that "a number of things, both proactive and reactive can be done to create a safer digital environment for all of us" and encouraged the participants to recognise their duty to work consistently and as a team towards the development of cyber security in their organisations and East Africa in general.

According to the CEO of NRD East Africa Mr. Sebastian Marondo, this year the organisers focused on bringing the sessions closer to the issues specific to the East African region. Their goal was to engage and connect the largest organizations and companies from Tanzania and East Africa in general, regulators, legislators, law enforcement agencies and the national Tanzanian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) by offering them a platform for an open discussion regarding the current situation of cyber security challenges in East Africa, opportunities and possible ways forward.

From Tanzania, the speakers who shared their views during this event were: Mr. Stephen Magesa from Tanzania Police Cyber Crime Department, Mr. Bryton Focus from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority - Tanzania Computer Emergency Response Team (TZ-CERT), Mr. Boniface Kanemba - President of ISACA Tanzania Chapter, Dr. Adam Mambi from the Law Reform Commission of Tanzania, Peter Basiwe from company 4Pay, Mr. Sebastian Marondo and Mr. Tomas Seikus from NRD EA.

International speakers include Mr. Hussein Isingoma - President of ISACA Kampala Chapter, Dr. Vilius Benetis from NRD Cyber Security, Mr. Martynas Buozis from NRD Cyber Security Incident Response Team (NRD CIRT), Mr. Goran Opranica, director of Insig2 - a leading European company in the field of digital evidence and digital forensic education as well as Mr. Garreth Scott from AccessData - the maker of the industry-standard computer forensics technology.


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