Africa like the rest of the world is increasingly facing cybersecurity concerns, with reports of alleged spying on the African Union installation in Ethiopia by the Chinese and North Korea’s clandestine activities in Kenya and other Asian countries.
To talk about these concerns and how to strengthen the continent protection against these online threats, the continent is set to hold its first Africa Cyber Defense Summit come July this year. The East African nation Kenya will play host to this inaugural event.
Global cybersecurity experts and government representatives from various countries will converge in Kenya for the Summit. The Kenyan government has partnered with other stakeholders including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Africa Cyberspace Network, and the African Union (AU) in partnership with NASEBA to organize the summit.
According to Kenya’s ICT Secretary Dr. Kate Getao, the country is one of Africa’s most connected countries, with a 78% broadband connectivity penetration. While that should be a good thing, it also makes Kenya a target for hackers looking for victims from the African cyberspace.