Cyber security professionals engaged in practical trainings in Uganda

The 4th annual Cyber Defence East Africa 2016 conference (CDEA), organised by NRD Companies together with the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) has just finished in Kampala, Uganda. On 27-29th September 2016 over 70 participants from various Ugandan institutions such as the President’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Uganda Police Force, Uganda Revenue Authority, National Identification and Registrations Authority, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Makerere University and many others, spent three days listening to cyber security policy keynotes and practicing to defend against the most pervasive cyber-attacks.


The conference was opened by Hon. Tumwebaze Frank – the Minister of ICT and National Guidance who encouraged all participants “to conduct risk assessments in their environments and implement controls to limit exposure to threats”. He reiterated that “The ministry is committed to providing the oversight and ensuring that we as a country are more resilient cybersecurity-wise and we continue increasing our uptake of ICT services”.


The Hon. Minister also invited the participants to applaud NRD Companies for selecting Uganda as the 2016 host and being “consistent in delivering cyber security training within East Africa over the last three years and ensuring presence of skills, critical in order to build on our achievements and enhance our successes”.


A Welcome note was given by Mr Arnold R. Mangeni, Director Information Security at NITA-U who explained that there was an evident lack in the area of practical cyber security capacity building, and therefore NITA-U welcomed the initiative to host the CDEA in Uganda.


“We are all aware that successful achievement of our cyber security aspirations is greatly intertwined with the presence of skilled human resource capacity. As such, there is now a growing demand of cybersecurity professionals to ensure that our critical information technology infrastructure is secure and robust, based on a well-managed risk in a manner that is not only repeatable but continuous and consistent. This conference is one of the ways of meeting this demand and growing the culture of cybersecurity in our workforce”, commented Mr Mangeni.


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