The Cyber Defence East Africa 2019 conference will be hosting 100+ cyber security professionals along with policy makers and representatives from financial sector in Uganda and other East Africa Region countries to explore how to build a robust cybersecurity ecosystem within the financial sector. The conference will take place in Kampala, 12-13th November. The event is organized by a European company NRD Cyber Security and National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U). The annual event is intended to work both as a meeting point as well as the platform for collaboration and new initiatives.

Notably, during the 2018 Cyber Defence East Africa, various cybersecurity stakeholders were gathered together to update the National Cyber Security Index (NCSI), which is conducted by e-Governance Academy (eGA), a non-profit think tank and consultancy organisation, and is recognised internationally. After the update session was performed, Uganda, at that time, has risen from the 75th to 41st place in the rankings and became the leader in the African Region.

This year the focus is on the financial sector, which is one of the most targeted by attackers and cyber criminals, as well as regional digitalization aspirations. East Africa region puts a lot of effort in becoming one union for the free movement of goods, labour and capital. The specific targets, outlined in the East Africa Community Vision 2050 strategy, are ambitious, yet a firm step towards transforming the region over the next three decades. To achieve them and facilitate the economic growth, strategic means for improving regional prosperity could be identified as: collaboration, commitment and the simplification of processes and procedures by utilization of technologies as well as digitization. However, although technological advancement comes with a lot of benefits, it also brings significant risks, especially when it comes to cybersecurity.

Along with discussions on what could and should be done in terms of regulations and cyber resilient culture building within the region, the 2-day event will address such important topics as microfinancing and fintech. The later industry has been named as one of the disruptors of the global financial sector as it acts as an enabler to provide better, faster and more transparent services to the consumers by utilising new technologies which other market players did not provide before. With an increasing number of financial technology start-ups in East Africa, significant questions on security should be discussed and act upon. Microfinancing has been chosen as the micro-lending platforms are gaining more and more weight within the financial sector - they empower people to finance their projects, no matter how small, and enable them to be part of the national economy. The sector is yet to be digitalized, hence, a great opportunity occurs to think about security ahead and incorporate it into the process.

More information and the agenda can be found on conference website: https://cybersecurity.ug/

About the conference

Cyber Defence East Africa is an annual cybersecurity conference organized by NRD Cyber Security together with local and international partners. It serves as a knowledge sharing and networking platform, aimed to address cybersecurity 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. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 the conference took place in Tanzania, while from 2016 onwards the event has taken place in Uganda.

 

About the organisers

NRD Cyber Security (NRD CS) is a cybersecurity operation building, technology consulting, incident response and applied research company. The Company focuses on the services to specialized public services providers, such as Law Enforcement, National Cyber Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), Security Operating Centers (SOCs), Telecom, National Communication Regulators, National Critical Infrastructure, Finance Industry and corporates with high data sensitivity. Our mission is creating a secure digital environment for states, governments, corporations and citizens in Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and other regions via technology platforms, workflows and processes. More information: https://www.nrdcs.lt  

The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) is an autonomous statutory body established under the NITA-U Act 2009, to coordinate and regulate Information Technology services in Uganda. NITA-U is under the general supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT). NITA-U is mandated with coordinating national information security. More information: www. https://www.nita.go.ug