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Abidjan, transformed into the African capital of cybersecurity

(CYBER AFRICA FORUM) – The second edition of the Cyber ​​Africa Forum (CAF) was held from May 9 to 10, 2022 in Abidjan. Many cybersecurity experts present, during the discussions, made strong recommendations to guard against the most recurrent and significant threats of cyberattacks on the African continent. A novelty of this 2022 edition of the CAF, around thirty partners on their exhibition space exposed to the participants the latest innovations and solutions in terms of cybersecurity.

The Cyber ​​Africa Forum, organized by CiberObs and Jeune Afrique Media Group, can now be considered one of the largest cybersecurity gatherings in Africa. During the two days it was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Côte d’Ivoire, several dozen expert panelists and hundreds of professionals from this important sector took part in brainstorming activities and proposed solutions.

The main theme of this edition of CAF 2022, ”Digital sovereignty and data protection as levers of economic growth for the African continent”highly appreciated, was broken down into 23 sub-themes that the experts discussed through 23 panels. ”How to better protect the financial industry?” ; ”E-commerce and industry facing new cyber security threats” ; ”Cyber ​​defense, a strategic asset for the continent”, etc So many sub-themes for so many reflections carried by panelists from renowned private companies, sub-regional institutions and state bodies. Franck Kiefounding president of CiberObs and general commissioner of CAF, during his speech at the official opening ceremony, stated that “The objective will be to give these proposals considerable media coverage and to establish them as a compass for the coming year and the next edition of the forum. This is the “Call from Abidjan” and we hope it will be heard as far away as Paris, Washington and Tokyo. »

During the inaugural conference held on May 9, 2022, focusing on Digital sovereignty and data protection”professionals highlighted the problems related to cybersecurity in Africa, but above all proposed concrete solutions to solve them.

Thierry WandjiCEO of Cybastion, panelist, during his speech, emphasized the establishment of adequate technical infrastructure to make the work of the teams in the field more efficient. For Sofiane Elabdi, leading cyber partner at Deloitte Africa, African states need to communicate more and more with each other to thwart cyberattacks. For him, cooperation should not be minimized. As for Rockya Coulibaly Fofana, director of cybersecurity, representing the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy of Côte d’Ivoire, she made a plea for the strengthening of research and development. The latter recalled the efforts of the Ivorian government in this direction. “Côte d’Ivoire has created cybersecurity innovation centers which will be housed in certain higher establishments in the country. The country is working to improve the legislative framework and above all seeks to implement initiatives aimed at raising awareness both for the authorities and leaders and the general public. she said.

Many other proposals relating to the promotion of local human resources have been made. Several speakers, in the various panels, pleaded for quality training. This is the case of Georges FankamGeneral Manager of Fygytecha company offering advice and innovative technological solutions to companies, particularly in the field of Cybersecurity, which affirmed that “Humans are the first and last barrier to protect your business against cyberattacks. »

During these two days of discussion, companies presented in plenary IT solutions to strengthen the security of cyberspaces. Kaydan Group, in front of dozens of people and in front of national and international media cameras, presented the first data center park in Côte d’Ivoire. This avant-garde technological device completes the infrastructure offer by providing a solution to the problems inherent in the Cloud, the ”OnPremises” computer room and colocation. According to company officials, it is quick to deploy and allows each company to have its own data center. For Kaydan Group, any development and any industrialization will necessarily go through the availability of modern and sustainable infrastructures. “Digital sovereignty will also be achieved through the sufficient provision of infrastructure such as the Kaydan data center park » said Alain Kouadiosuccessful entrepreneur and founder of Kaydan Group.

Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi, represented by Amadou Coulibaly, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, welcomed this initiative and welcomed its holding in Abidjan “The Ivorian government has made economic growth a priority. So providing safe cyberspace to our people and businesses is essential to achieving this goal. We must work to make Côte d’Ivoire the leader in cybersecurity in Africa” did he declare.

Franck Kieduring an interview with the media present, declared that his entire team was already hard at work organizing the 3th editing. He also unveiled a project to raise awareness of civil society on cybersecurity, which consists of caravans, which will criss-cross university establishments, neighborhoods and cities in Côte d’Ivoire.

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