Innocent Muhizi, CEO Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) committed to co-hosting next year's Cloud and Security Summit in conjunction with CIO – East Africa after successfully hosting the summit this year at Kigali which hosted around 450 delegates and some great speakers.
Rwanda commits to be home of Cloud and Security Summit - https://t.co/BoI7f51jBn— CIO EAST AFRICA (@CIOEastAfrica) March 30, 2018
This year's session brought together IT and Cyber Security experts comprising of Compliance Teams, CISOs, CIOs, CTOs and IT Architects in the public and business enterprises. The idea of the summit is to debunk cybersecurity and myths around the cloud of which the government of Rwanda has declared is the route for its computing.
Information and communication technology (ICT) experts warned while speaking at the summit that African countries might be at higher risk of being the target for cyber-attackers, due to lack of expertise and infrastructure to tackle more advanced attacks.
According to World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual Global Risk Report 2018, only extreme weather and natural disasters surpasses cyber-attacks as a global threat in the modern economy of digitalisation.
"As more people get access to the internet across Africa, governments and businesses are increasing their online presence, but there is less expertise to secure vital governments and company's data from cyber-attacks," said Michael Tumusiime, head security engineer of Eastern Africa for Check Point Software Technologies.
As businesses grow, new and sophisticated threats are created everyday which puts public institutions, companies and even individuals' critical data at risk. - @BRIGHTZEED, Head of Cyber Security Services, Internet Solutions. #CloudSecuritySummit2018 pic.twitter.com/4Pmd08DEtW— CIO EAST AFRICA (@CIOEastAfrica) March 29, 2018
Preparation for the next summit starts in earnest considering that it is aimed to attract the major global players addressing pertinent issues that ranging from public cloud to investment on cybersecurity on matters policy.
Organisers say that the summit provides a platform for people to engage with the foremost minds that make digital development in a way to drive economic growth.
Laura Chite, CEO, CIO East Africa said, "We owe our gratitude to Team RISA, the Summit Sponsors and Speakers, the Summit Partners the Summit Event Organizer and various media Networks for taking the deliberate step to rally us around the 2018 Cloud and Security Agenda in Rwanda – the great land of a thousand hills, where now it's clear we have to mark our calendar to come back next year!"