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Improving Technical Security 31 May 2016

Join us for our panel discussion on Internet Infrastructure Security in Africa!

Betel Hailu
By Betel HailuManager, Organization Members Engagement

In conjunction with the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) in Gaborone, Botswana, the Internet Society will be holding a panel discussion on Internet Infrastructure Security in Africa.

  • When: Friday June 10 2016, from 12-13:30 PM UTC
  • Where:  Gaborone International Conference Centre, Tsodilo B4

Background

Internet is becoming a critical infrastructure for Africa. We increasingly depend on Internet to communicate, to socialize and most importantly to do our daily job and activities. A major outage of the Internet Infrastructure has become a major fear of operators, governments and users alike. But, has Africa secured its Internet Infrastructure?

The ISOC African Regional Bureau (ARB) has initiated a project to prepare guidelines for Internet Infrastructure security for Africa that would help mitigate the security risks on the Internet infrastructure. As part of this work, the ARB would like to get preliminary inputs from the Internet technical community to define the scope and directions of the project. This panel discussion will give inputs for this work.

What do we need to happen?

We need you to identify the major security challenges facing the Internet Infrastructure in Africa. Your ideas will help build guidelines that will serve the African countries in their effort to protect their Internet Infrastructure from present and future threats.

Why should you attend?

You should attend the meeting to share your experience with regards to securing the Internet infrastructure but also to learn from experts and other operators and stakeholders about their experiences and thoughts with regards to securing the Internet Infrastructure.

Agenda 

Chair of the panel: Dawit Bekele, Director of African Regional Bureau, Internet Society

1. Introducing Internet Infrastructure Security: Ahmed Seid, Senior Cyber Security Expert at HiLCoE School Of Computer Science And Technology

Mr. Seid will set the scene of the panel discussion by proposing the possible scopes of Internet Infrastructure security. Moreover, having in mind the now common CIA triad (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability), Mr. Seid will describe the major security threats on the Internet Infrastructure and the impacts of breaches.

2. “Role of network operators in fighting cyber criminality”: Ben Maddison, Director, Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd

Network operators provide the first line of defense against cybercrimes. The presentation by Mr. Maddison will talk about their role in terms of detecting and defending threats, the collaboration they need to have with relevant stakeholders to protect the Internet Infrastructure.

3. “National, regional and international cooperation for Internet Security”: Niel Harper, Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society

Mr. Harper will describe existing structures that are fighting the various threats and the cooperation between those structures to defend their organizations/countries from the perpetual new threats. He will also discuss what kinds of structures are needed at national and regional level based on best practices from around the world.

4. “Status of cyber law and law enforcement in Africa and best practice in the area of Internet Infrastructure security in Zambia”: Choolwe Nalubamba, Manager-Cybersecurity at the telecommunications regulator in Zambia, ZICTA

Having “Deterrence” as one of effective security controls (with “Defense” and “Detection”), African countries are enacting cyber laws and trying to enforce those laws. Against this background Mr. Nalubamba will discuss cyber law and law enforcement in Africa in general and in Zambia in particular.

Who are the speakers?

Ahmed Seid, Senior Cyber Security Expert at HiLCoE School Of Computer Science And Technology

Ahmed Seid is a certified Information Systems Security Professional currently working as a Senior Cyber Security Expert at HiLCoE School Of Computer Science And Technology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Some of his responsibilities at HiLCoE include developing security policies and advising on data center and cloud security as well as web and database security.

Ben Maddison, Director, Workonline Communications

Ben Maddison is Director and Co-Founder of Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd with the responsibility of technology innovation and implementation. Workonline Communications, based in South Africa, is an innovative pan-African service provider of connectivity services. Workonline Communications owes its strength, growth, and fast expansion to Ben’s dedication, passion, and unparalleled work ethics.

Niel Harper, Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society

Niel Harper is a highly influential, collaborative and results-focused leader with 18+ years of sustained achievement in IT governance & strategy, Internet / telecoms policy & regulation, Cybersecurity, and programme management. Niel currently works for the Internet Society as a Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes. 

Choolwe Nalubamba, Manager-Cybersecurity at the telecommunications regulator in Zambia, ZICTA

Choolwe Nalubamba is currently working as the Manager-Cybersecurity at the telecommunications regulator in Zambia, ZICTA. His major responsibilities at ZICT revolve around the promotion and facilitation of a culture of cyber security in Zambia. Among his major contributions to the field, Choolwe has spearheaded the Implementation of the Zambia Computer Incident Response Team (ZmCIRT) as well as facilitated the implementation of a Computer Forensic Lab at the Zambia Police Headquarters in 2014.

If you are not in AISBotswana join us remotely tomorrow via this link : https://isoc.zoom.us/j/690681651

For more information on the panel discussion you can contact Dawit Bekele at [email protected]

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