Cybertech has brought together experts and leaders from the industry to address cybersecurity challenges, both globally and specifically in Africa.
Esteemed guests in attendance include Ahmed Atif, the Vice President of Seychelles; Paula Ingabire, Rwanda’s Minister of ICT and Innovation; ambassadors and David Kanamugire, CEO of the National Cyber Security Authority Rwanda (NCSA) among others.
In line with the meeting’s spirit of opportunity, the Vice President of Seychelles, Ahmed, encouraged small entrepreneurs to present their ideas, as the summit presents various market and growth potential.
Minister Ingabire also highlighted that the digital revolution has ushered in new cybersecurity challenges, including cyber threats and data breaches, which have caused significant losses to communities.
Recent reports indicate a 67% increase in cyber threats in Africa compared to previous years, making it crucial for African nations to come together, share experiences, and adopt a collaborative approach to cyber governance.
Rwanda was recognized for taking proactive measures to protect its citizens and foster a secure digital environment through the implementation of privacy laws. Minister Ingabire emphasized the importance of learning from other countries present at the conference, as cyber technology forms the foundation of sustainable economies.
The first day of the summit featured numerous panels discussing cyber challenges in Africa, cybersecurity in finance and banking, blockchain and securing cryptocurrencies, and the role of women in cybersecurity.
David Kanamugire, CEO of NCSA, warmly welcomed the attendees to this groundbreaking event in Kigali, emphasizing the summit’s significance in shaping the future of cybersecurity.
He highlighted how cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics are now a reality and underscored the importance of African youth’s active involvement in leveraging these transformative benefits for a more equitable and useful future.
Lacina Koné, the Director General of Smart Africa, emphasized the critical importance of establishing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity measures across African nations and organizations. He stressed that cybersecurity is crucial for the realization of a secure and trusted Africa continental free trade area and plays a central role in transforming Africa into a single digital market by 2030.
Over the next two days, experts and industry leaders will discuss critical cybersecurity issues, with a specific focus on challenges facing Africa. The summit will feature sessions on the IoT and 5G era, cybersecurity in the banking and financial sector (a critical area for Africa’s development), as well as various side events.
An exhibition is also taking place on the sidelines of the conference, showcasing innovative cybersecurity solutions from companies around the world. Sponsoring companies such as Irembo, Bank of Kigali, MTN, Motorola, Blackberry, Elbit Dynamics, among others, are proudly exhibiting their cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions.
Cybertech Africa 2023 Summit promises to be a landmark event in the ongoing efforts to safeguard Africa’s digital landscape and build a resilient and secure cyber environment for its citizens and businesses.