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ICT experts to meet in Nairobi

25 November 2013, 15:40

Nairobi - Stakeholders from the region will this week meet in Nairobi for the Information Security and Public Key Infrastructure Conference which aims to harmonize information and communications technology policies in East Africa.

The event is scheduled for the Safari Park from Tuesday to Thursday under the theme, “Strengthening Regional Co-operation Through Secure Cyberspace.”

It seeks to harmonize national ICT Policies with Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) policy priorities, harmonization of cyber security policy and e-commerce strategies in line with COMESA, infrastructure system implementation, and integration, roadmaps and best practices.

The conference will deliberate on national and regional cyber security capacity development, awareness and stakeholder engagement.

The conference would bring together all the stakeholders under COMESA Member States and regional and Africa that deal with information security matters, alongside other policy makers.
According to organisers, the conference would be particularly important for those in the information security area and financial services sector.

It comes at a time the continent has been establishing regional bodies such as COMESA, East African Community (EAC) and African Union (AU) with a view to setting up a common trading hub to boost commerce and regional economies of the member states. To achieve this Information and Communication Technology alongside infrastructure come in handy.

The conference will also address the matter of cyber crime that has come along with integrated technology in the region. Businesses have been losing billions of shillings to the crime over the years begging an urgent solution to curb the vice.

“To raise awareness and deepen knowledge on information security matters in Kenya and globally we plan to hold three pre-events targeted at crucial stakeholders which include public lecture with the academia, cyber security for financial services sector professionals by PwC, media roundtable with journalists and lastly, a developers’ technical ICT professionals workshop,” said a spokesperson for the organisers.

– CAJ News


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