17 January 2022
The Africa Cyber Defense Forum through its well curated and world class content, this year hosted its 2nd Cybersecurity forum under the theme Rethinking the new risk management models towards cyber resilience.
This year’s forum was graced by keynote speakers from around the globe in the Cybersecurity community such as Chris Kubecka, CEO HypaSec, Susie Hargreaves, CEO Internet Watch Foundation among others.
The forum involved intense conversations around key thematic areas through sessions, panel discussions, innovative technology demos attracting speakers and participants from Africa, Europe, Asia, and America.
AFRALTI Director, Mr. William Baraza who is also the Forum’s Advisory Board Chairman in his opening remarks said, “As the global scientists, healthcare professionals, governments keep the fight to curb the covid-19 pandemic, cyber criminals have taken advantage of the situation and this has seen our headlines dotted with more cyber attacks targeting critical national infrastructures all over the world. The continent’s cybercrime trends have really been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic due to the accelerated option of connectivity tools to facilitate among other tools, working remotely, E-learning, Social media and E-commerce. The ACDF conference provides a platform to imminent solution to our collective exposure to these pervasive trend.”
In 2021, the forum also had the opportunity of hosting a 24 hour virtual Cyberlympics competition sponsored by CompTIA which saw participants from the continent battling for the prize. Team Wolf-hunters from Ghana led the board with 2520 points, Black Fire of Ivory Coast took the 1st runners-up position with 1280 points and Unknown from Ivory Coast took the 2nd runners-up position with 1270 points.
ACDF will continue to spearhead these conversations amongst top-level government leaders, technology experts, business leaders, and other leaders of society to shape a continental, regional, and industry agenda in the African cyberspace.
Watch full opening remarks by the forum’s chairman here