Monday, June 24, 2024

Auspicious Speakers to Address 3rd Annual African Cyber Crime Conference

African Cyber Security is organising the 3rd Annual African Cyber Crime Conference to take place on the 18th of October 2017 at Travel Lodge in Gaborone in Botswana. This year’s conference main sponsor Kaspersky Lab, is one of the world’s leading cyber security giants.  Nashua, FMRE, Lloyds, Sunday Standard, Gabs FM, the University of Botswana and many others have thrown their weight behind this conference realising the need for expert consultation and education in the cyber field.  

The conference theme this year is PREPARE ÔÇô PREVENT ÔÇô PROSECUTE. The goal of the conference is to heighten awareness to the very real and present cyber threat faced by Botswana today. This will assist companies to fully understand the cyber threat and its complex nature and to equip organisations with the skills and technology to prepare for, protect against and prosecute cybercrime. ACS feel that a holistic approach is necessary to attain these goals

To this end ACS has managed to secure some of best speakers in the world, who will be addressing the latest cyber trends and solutions. So who are they? Find out over the next two weeks as we will be introducing you to them.   In collaboration with the US State Department and International Law Enforcement Agency, ACS have secured Special Agent Dr Christopher J. Lamb of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI as one of our speakers. SA Lamb is a Cyber Agent assigned to FBI field office in Kansas City. He has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, a Masters in Psychology, and a PhD in Information Technology/Information Assurance. SA Lamb has been with the FBI for 13 years and worked Cyber-criminal and national security matters for most of his career and is an expert in his field. He will be addressing cyber threat from an FBI perspective and the investigation of cybercrime.  

Dr Christiaan Roos is an industry leading specialist in the field of IT audit, cyber risk and ethical hacking. He has worked in the internal audit profession for 20 years, primarily in the banking industry. Christiaan has presented and lectured globally on topics such as: IT Governance | Ethical Hacking | Continuous Auditing | Data Analytics.   His doctoral studies focused on the hacking threat in the South African banking sector and covered a broad spectrum of disciplines. Christiaan is often asked to perform reviews of complex IT infrastructure and cyber security defences. He continues to do research into the latest cyber security threats. He will be presenting on the Raspberry Pi Technology and Internet of Things and how this technology can be used to penetrate network security with relative ease

 Dr Roos will be performing a live hack using the Raspberry Pi at the conference. Dr Audrey Masizana is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana. She holds PhD in Computer Science from UMIST (2004) United Kingdom. Her teaching and research interests are in the science of Data, Decision and Intelligent Systems.    At present Audrey is involved in a number of research projects including Health Care and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She has published over 35 articles as conference proceedings, journal papers and book chapters.

Dr Masizana chaired the African International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) in 2014 and 2016 as well as the First International Conference in Cyber-Security and Information systems (ICICIS 2016), both hosted by the University of Botswana. Dr Masizana is also the founding and current Chair of the Computer Society of Botswana (CSB) and has been passionate in driving its course.   She will be addressing the very relevant topic of Open Data. Open data is the idea that data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. What are your thoughts on this concept?  

David Brooks is the Connectivity Product Manager for Nashua and has more than eight years of ISP experience primarily as a Connectivity, Cloud and Communications Product Manager. He is chiefly responsible for the launch of the Connectivity portfolio, as well as the streamlining and expansion of ISP market knowledge throughout Nashua. Prior to joining Nashua’s Marketing team, David worked as a Product Manager for three of SA’s largest ISPs and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges and geographically dispersed nature of the channel. His passion for automation and cloud technologies expands his knowledge base that is essential in the competitive ISP marketplace. The topic of David’s talk will be – Where cyber security meets the real world.   Next week we will profile the remaining speakers and the issues that they will be addressing.

They include: Dr James Grant, Associate Professor and Advocate of the High Court in SA who will be addressing the shortfalls in the laws and policies and the effect this has on successful prosecution. Nilesh Laurie Pieters-James, Forensic Criminologist who will speak on Insider Threat and the mitigation thereof. Itumeleng Garebatshabe, who will highlight cyber challenges specific to Botswana and last but definitely not least Nilesh Jivraj, Enterprise Sales Manager for the Africa region at Kaspersky Lab Africa will address the Cyber Threat Landscape and How to Build an Adaptive Cyber Security Strategy.   Of course the panel discussions with panellists from the UNODC, Cyber Investigators, Banking Experts, and top IT Professionals will be another exciting feature of the conference, where delegates will have the opportunity to put questions to the panel. The conference will close with a cocktail event where many networking opportunities will be available.   Dr James Grant has kindly agreed to present a FREE SEMINAR on Corruption in the Library Auditorium at the University of Botswana at 15h30 on the 17th October 2017.

Please book your spot.   Independent consultation with the most of the speakers can be arranged through African Cyber Security.   With this all-star cyber-professional line-up, can you afford to miss out on the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Registrations are flying in and the early bird special is still on for now. Get onto the African Cyber Security website @ or call African Cyber Security on 311 3648 to avoid disappointment.


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