Africa is a region often overlooked when it comes to cybersecurity. Although cyber infrastructure is not as developed as in other regions, African companies must look to secure their business in order to protect from data leaks and cyber attacks, such as the Wannacry ransomware in 2017.
How best then to protect from cyber attacks?
Invest Africa invites you to join the discussion with industry leaders, tech experts, and businesses on the cutting edge of cybersecurity in London.
Ghonche is an experienced Information and Network Security advisor and a Certified ISO 27001 Professional (CIP), Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE) and Certified Penetration Tester Associate (CPTA) registered with the International CyberSecurity Institute (ICSI). In her capacity at NYA, Ghonche collaborates with clients to assess their exposure to cyber incidents and identify and implement appropriate risk treatment options. Working alongside NYA’s wider consulting and response teams, Ghonche has delivered bespoke Simulated Incident Exercises designed to test an organisation’s capability to respond to a cyber incident and to identify steps that would build their proficiency. In addition, Ghonche has worked with clients to create and test Disaster Recovery and Cyber Incident Response Plans.
Dr. Erdal Ozkaya is a leading Cybersecurity Professional with business development, management and Academic skills who focuses on securing the Cyber Space & sharing his real-life skills as a Security Adviser, Speaker, Lecturer and Author. Erdal is known to be passionate about reaching communities, and creating cyber aware campaigns and leveraging new and innovative approaches and technologies to holistically address the information security and privacy needs for every person and organization in the world. He has co authored many cybersecurity books as well as security certification courseware and exams for different vendors.
He is an award-winning technical expert & speaker: His recent awards are: Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club (2017), NATO Center of Excellence (2016) Security Professional of the year by MEA Channel Magazine (2015), Professional of the year Sydney (2014) and many speaker of the year awards in conferences.
I am a Partner with the Forensic and Investigations practice, leading the Digital Forensics Group. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, I was a solicitor with over ten years of experience working in a range of legal fields including Corporate and Transactional work, Personal Injury and Negligence, and Corporate Litigation. Throughout my career I have been engaged on many high profile disputes and investigations across a range of industries, specialising in the financial sector. In my role as a lawyer within the Enforcement and Financial Crime Division of the FSA, I advised on regulatory actions and assisted in establishing enforcement strategy for the financial markets.
I specialise in the fields of cybercrime, cyber-security, incident response and data breaches, and have managed some of the UK’s most high-profile Digital Forensic investigations.
Warren Small is the Senior Vice President and Practise Director, Secure Digital Workplace, Cyber Security . In this role, he is responsible for enabling their Transformation to become a global solution provider for cyber security and driving the growth of endpoint and user security business and managing all business operational functions for the group.
Small is an extremely well-known principal globally having lived in South Africa the USA and Australia. Small’s understanding of the industry his leadership experience in the software security, network security, application security and the development of solutions to address IoT, OT , Cloud and Threat Intelligence . He helped with the successful integration, growth and global expansion of their Managed security security services business from 2014 to 2017 and is a driving force behind the company’s Transformation, go–to-market, and partner incubation strategies. In addition to helping develop new verticals Small is responsible for the strategic investments eg ShieldX and Team 8.
Mercy is Assistant Director, Regulatory Affairs and Governance at the Communications Authority of Kenya. Her role entails providing advisory support in legal and regulatory aspects, public policy analysis and legislative development. She engages extensively in negotiations, stakeholder consultations and implementation of the ICT frameworks in Kenya, in the region (eg COMESA and the East African Community (EAC)) and internationally (including the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Bank and Infodev).
Mercy also played an important role in the drafting, public consultation and subsequent promulgation of Kenya’s Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, 2018.
Craig Rogers, Partner, Technology & Cyber, Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
Craig is from Nairobi, Kenya and works with major companies throughout the region on complex technology projects and cyber-security matters. Craig joined Eversheds in 2015 after 12 years as an in-house counsel at IBM, Oracle and TCS. In his last role, Craig was IBM’s lead counsel for Financial Services in Europe and Head of FS Regulation for EMEA.
Craig advises clients in all sectors but has a specific focus on Financial Services and the Energy sector. He advises on both proactive and reactive cyber-security initiatives including helping clients: interpret regulatory requirements for cyber security; define and implement robust info-sec and BC/DR policies and procedures; negotiate the security aspects of critical outsourcing arrangements; respond to cyber and data incidents. Whilst Craig’s practice is primarily focused on preventative security controls, he has acted as lead-counsel on CSIRT teams for multiple data and cyber-security incidents.
Craig is a regular speaker on Cyber-Security, Technology and the Cloud and is a member of the Society for Computers and Law, and the Middle East Petroleum Club.