By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Uganda is to host Cyber security experts from East Africa region who will meet in Kampala to discuss regional cyber-attacks.
According to a statement from National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) on Wednesday, the 7th edition of the annual conference will focus its discussion on how the five East African states can prepare for cyber attacks.
The two day conference will be held from September 6 -7, 2018 and is expected to attract up to 150 cyber security professionals along with policy makers and representatives from critical infrastructure operators.
“As 2017 has shown in many instances, cyber-attacks are on many occasions not an institutional, but national and regional issues as cyber instances can have great consequences to both the citizenry and the economy,” the statement noted.
It adds that the unfortunate occurrence of cyber crisis in critical sectors such as finance, transport, public health, among others can have disastrous effects and even lead to crisis at a national level, hence affecting the whole society.
“Sub Saharan Africa’s economic growth is projected to reach 3.1% by the end of 2018 and to average 3.6% in 2020 as reported by Africa’s Pulse, a bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies conducted by the World Bank,” the statement added.
According to 2017 Cyber security report, Uganda loses nearly $42(Shs158bn) annually to cyber-attacks, the losses are reported to be higher in neighbouring countries.
The East Africa Cyber Defence 2018 conference will be addressing how organizations, which are particularly prone to cyber incidents should be preparing and how they should effectively handle the crisis in case of its occurrence.
The event is co-organized by European company, NRD Cyber Security and the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U).
James Saaka, Executive Director NITA-U says Government of Uganda through NITA-U established the National Emergency Response Team and Coordination Center to support centralized response for cyber related incidents as well as serve as a focal point for further building and implementing the National Culture of cyber security.