On 27th -29th September 2016, NRD Companies together with National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) are organising the fourth annual Cyber Defence East Africa 2016 conference (CDEA2016).
Cybersecurity is a buzzword, overused by vendors, media, and politicians. CDEA serves as a practical knowledge sharing, skills building and networking platform, aimed to address cyber security issues and bring together the Government, the ICT Industry and Academia in efforts to create a better and more secure digital environment for the states, governments, businesses and citizens in East Africa.
Even though major data breaches have hit the headlines worldwide, highlighting increased need for skilled security professionals and service providers, many organisations still rely on ad hoc, manual processes. Popular excuses are: "my organisation/business is not a target", "the bad guys are too effective and cannot be stopped", "someone else (e. g. national CERT) should take care of this", "cybersecurity is too expensive", etc. Information security managers are confused about what to do, executive management often fails to recognise the impact of cyber security on business processes, and therefore risk damaging organisations' data, assets and reputation.
In order to assist East African organisations in overcoming these burdens, NRD companies have been organising annual Cyber Defence East Africa conferences for the last four years.
The last three conferences took place in Tanzania and were organised together with ISACA Tanzania Chapter in years 2013 and 2014, and in cooperation with Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in 2015. This year, in order to widen the reach of this initiative and recognising Uganda's commitment to increasing cyber security in the country, it was decided to organise Cyber Defence East Africa 2016 in Kampala, in cooperation with NITA-U.
Main features of the 2016 conference include a Keynote Address by the Guest of Honor - Minister of Information, ICT and Communications, Welcome Speech by Mr James Saaka, Executive Director of NITA-U, Panel Discussion on current cybersecurity situation in East Africa, M-signature live demo and 2 parallel training tracks: Track 1. Practicing CIS Critical Security Controls V 6.0 for cybersecurity and Track 2. FIRST Trainings for Incident Response and Security Teams.
Both trainings will be delivered by a specialised cybersecurity technology consulting, incident response and applied research company NRD CS. Company focuses on the services to the law enforcement, national communication regulators, CERTs, and corporate information security departments. NRD CS is also a facilitator of Norway Registers Development AS mission of creating a secure digital environment for states, governments, corporations and citizens. NRD CS is currently assisting the governments of Bangladesh and Bhutan in their National Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs/SOCs) establishment.
The trainers - CEO of NRD CS Dr Vilius Benetis and Head of NRD CIRT Mr Marius Urkis have immense first-hand experience in the topics they will be presenting. Dr Benetis is a contributor to the CIS Critical Security Controls and other frameworks, and Mr Urkis has assisted in setting up several national CERT teams as well as successful FIRST certification process of 4 CERT organisations.
Mr Sebastian Marondo, CEO NRD of East Africa will present an overview of IT governance policies, frameworks and standards - COBIT 5, ITIL and ISO 27K (among others).
The Gold sponsor of the conference is the world's 15th largest software company Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) - the Silicon to SoftwareTM partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. Sindri Bjarnason, senior software engineer at Synopsys, will deliver a presentation on Sustainable CSIRT Development Model.
The conference is also sponsored by Radware - (NASDAQ: RDWR) - a global leader of application delivery and cyber security solutions for virtual, cloud and software defined data centers. The participants will be able to meet Radware representative in the exhibition zone.
NRD companies (Norway Registers Development AS with its subsidiaries) is a global information technology and consulting group of companies specialized in governance and economic digital infrastructure development with headquarters in Norway.