Technology and cyberspace are key enablers of Africa’s agenda 2063, Kenya’s Vision 2030 coupled with the current big 4 agenda on Manufacturing which aims at using technology and innovation to transform Kenya into an industrialized and secure middle-income country.
Given the role of ICT in Africa’s rapid economic growth, cybersecurity breaches and attacks have the potential to slow down economic development and growth. It is urgent and important to drive spirited conversation on Africa’s Industrial Control Systems security. This systems are critical systems that need special attention against cyber threat.
The automation of industrial systems has steadily gaining momentum while business demands continuous improvements in the efficiency of production process, thus the depth of IT penetration and system connectivity grows continuously. The industrial facilities have been connected to corporate networks and are frequently managed remotely over the network.
However, with standing benefits, these new technologies have brought about new threats into the world of industrial automation, and these new threats came as a surprise. The Industrial Control Systems (ICS) in place today were designed to operate for decades, and many of them were developed without any serious regard to operation technology security. Single cyber-attack on the operation system can cause greater damage to the economy and even cause death.
Under the above premise, the Africa ICS Cybersecurity Conference will be convened to address the challenges facing the sector, share best practices, identify gaps and explore emerging solutions. The 3 day ICS Cybersecurity event will present, renowned leaders in the industry, government decision makers, private sector executives to discuss emerging and technical topics while the expo will showcase best and innovative solutions in the market from across the globe.
In partnership with Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and cooperatives, State department of Trade, Ministry of ICT and Global technology partners, Amnet Cyberdefence Netron will organize the Africa ICS Cybersecurity Conference scheduled for 10th – 13th March, 2020 at KICC, Nairobi, under the theme “Securing Africa’s ICS/SCADA Infrastructure from Cyber Vulnerabilities”, where over 2000 delegates from across Africa and partners from across the globe will sit together to address ICS/SCADA cybersecurity issues, enhance continental cybersecurity strategies and promote ICS cybersecurity oriented initiatives.
The Conference is expected to draw more than 2000 participants from across the world, with participation of around 30 Ministers from relevant sector from Africa, C-suite executives from Inter-governmental bodies, Global Agencies, Multinational bodies, Global technology solution providers and sector research institutions.
- Promote ICS Cybersecurity governance from the C-Suite level of every organization
- Identify gaps and build capacity for strategic, technical and operational elements in the ICS security
- Address ICS cybersecurity operations and resilience through enhancing collaboration between and across industry verticals
- Facilitate partnerships that develops local industry and contextualize cutting edge cyber security solutions and services
- Expose the global technology solutions available to address the emerging challenges.
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