The Digital Bridge Institute in collaboration with the George Mason University organized a workshop on the Implementation of Computer Emergency Readiness Teams (CERTs) in Africa. The workshop took an interdisciplinary view of cyber security and related global issues and focused specifically on the implementation strategies for CERTs in Africa. The plenary presentations involved a mix of invited speakers, discussants and active discussion among the attendees.

Futuresoft's own, Oyehmi Begho, Director of Research and Development, was invited as a speaker in the plenary session that focused on the need of CERTs in Africa, as well as the threats faced by Nations who do not put the appropriate measures in place to protect themselves against Cyber attacks. In the same plenary session Miss Nkem Uwaje was part of the panel of discussants. The 2-day conference was a high-level event that was attended by representatives of the IT industry, Government Bodies, the Nigerian Army, the Civil Defense Force and representatives of Academia.

 

The panels discussed CERT models that will work for Africa, Cloud computing, Cybersecurity, supporting legislation and issues that need to be tackled to ensure that the public and the private sector work hand in hand to ensure Nigerian Cyberspace is properly protected.

 

Discussions were lively and involved the audience.

Oyehmi Begho's presentation, filled with practical examples and provoking thoughts left the audience thinking and wondering about how easy it is to hack an official site, to steal someone's identity and to commit crimes in cyberspace without being caught.

 

Below are some pictures taken at the conference during Mr. Begho's presentation.

 Oyehmi Begho, Director of Futuresoft Nigeria presenting at CERT Africa 2010
Delegates at the CERT AFRICA 2010 Conference
Mr. Begho speaking about identity theft at the CERT AFRICA Conference 2010
 

To view his presentation, please click here.

 

For more information on CERT Africa 2010, kindly visit the official CERT 2010 website http://www.ictnigeria.org.