In order to assist organisations in creating a secure digital environment in the East African region NRD together with ISACA Tanzania Chapter is organising a three-day conference with critical security controls or penetration testing trainings and vendor demonstrations for information security professionals, information systems auditors, IT risk professionals and IT enthusiasts. The Cyber Defence East Africa 2013 will take place on the 28th-30th August in Morogoro, Tanzania.

The importance of cyber security in East Africa is rising due to region's rapid development - organisations are increasingly reliant on data and IT infrastructure's availability. The main purpose of the event is to help organisations to get up to speed in information security and create a community of IT security professionals, prepared to protect their organisations' information and handle security incidents appropriately.

This will be delivered in a form of intensive trainings, keynote speeches and introduction of state-of-art cyber security technologies from the biggest, industry leading cyber security vendors. In addition, the conference will include informal meetings, think tank sessions, and the Gala Dinner which will provide the participants with exclusive networking opportunities that could lead to new partnerships and business ventures.

The event will be opened by Hon Y January Makamba, MP in the Tanzanian National Assembly, who will deliver a speech on the cyber security in Tanzania from the Government perspective. Afterwards, the President of ISACA Tanzania Chapter, Mr. Boniface Kanemba will cover the role of ISACA (non-profit, international professional association focused on IT Governance) in promoting cyber security in Tanzania.
The trainings that follow will be delivered by experienced information security professionals and refer to the best security practices, standards of business ethics, legal regulations and principles of business continuity as well as real life examples. 

When registering, the participants have to choose one of the two training tracks - critical security controls or penetration testing. The critical security controls training track will introduce the participants to the framework of 20 key actions that organisations should take to block or mitigate cyber attacks. These controls were compiled by a consortium of more than 100 contributors from US government agencies, global commercial forensics experts and penetration testers.

Penetration testing is a method of evaluating computer and network security by simulating an attack on a computer system or network from external and internal threats. This course will explain the basic steps behind penetration testing and includes use of vulnerability scanning, analysis tools, software exploits and social engineering techniques. 

About Norway Registers Development AS

Norway Registers Development AS has during the last 18 years been specializing in helping governments and institutions in all continents to build vital economy facilitating infrastructure together implementing necessary legal and organizational changes, particularly in the area of business registers. NRD fields of experiences cover the complete range of activities from the raising of awareness and political commitment, project designing and preparations, implementation support and execution as well as register operation and ICT infrastructure maintenance, cyber defence, disaster recovery, business continuity activities. Having been specialized in business registration reforms and ICT infrastructure for many years, NRD team has accumulated a wide experience in designing, implementation and management of register and ICT infrastructure projects.

NRD has been actively engaged in cyber security initiatives in the East African region for a while now: multiple seminars on cyber security, MoU with ISACA Tanzania Chapter on cooperation in the development and implementation of consultative Tanzanian National Cyber security framework. In March 2013 NRD AS has acquired Norway Registers Development East Africa Ltd. (NRD EA) which now provides on-site delivery of NRD services to its clients and partners together with NRD Cyber Security Centre team.

About ISACA Tanzania Chapter

ISACA is an independent, non-profit, global association, engaging in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. ISACA provides practical guidance, benchmarks and other effective tools for all enterprises that use information systems. Through its comprehensive guidance and services, ISACA defines the roles of information systems governance, security, audit and assurance professionals worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.cybersecurity.co.tz or contact info@nrd.no; +255 719 25 30 37