Cyber security experts in Africa have planned a major virtual conference in June to find the link between culture and rising cyber attacks on the continent.
Security and management professionals on the continent have expressed a deep feeling that security culture is essential for business success and also critical for reputation, process, governance, risk and compliance.
Forrester Consulting study, entitled The Rise of Security Culture found that 94 per cent of respondents felt A security culture is also the final moment that determines whether or not a hack will succeed, or fail.
The half-day online event slated for June 11,2020 will play host to an array of speakers and panelists that include: Charl Van Der Walk, Head of Security Research at Orange Cyberdefence; Kai Roer, Managing Director at CLTrRE, Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer at KnowBe4 (www.knowBe4.com) as well as CIOs and decision makers from across some of the continent’s most prominent brands.
“This conference is all about the human element with an African focus,” explains Anna Collard, Managing Director of KnowBe4 Africa. “There are differences in the way that people in Africa respond to cybersecurity awareness campaigns and how much they know about cybersecurity risk.”
The business with the weakest link will always be the most attractive target. This makes employee education and a security-driven culture so important. If people understand the risks and recognise the signs, they are the organisation’s best defence.
“Cybercriminals are attracted to companies with a low level of awareness or that lack any clearly visible security strategy,” says Collard. “This has inspired the development of the Africa Cyber Security Culture Conference 2020 – it’s completely focused on how organisations can define, measure and enhance their security culture.”
Local experts from leading African organisations will be presenting their security strategies, techniques and KPIs at the event. The advice will include insights from different cultures and countries, allowing for a richly varied and dynamic approach to developing a truly diverse and relevant cybersecurity culture within the organisation.
“The event will be running for half a day and will be entirely virtual,” adds Collard. “Panelists and speakers will be offering pointed insights into this topic. We wanted this event to be as relevant and practical as possible.”