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Africa Cloud and Security Summit

May 2, 2024
Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
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Digital Transformation Through Cloud Security

The Africa Cloud and Cybersecurity Summit is a pivotal event, addressing the accelerating growth of cloud computing and the critical importance of cybersecurity in the African region. This summit recognizes the significant advancements and challenges in these sectors, focusing on their impact on Africa’s digital transformation and economic development. It offers a platform for exploring how these technologies can drive progress, enhance security, and foster innovation within the unique African context.

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Topics and Themes

Our agenda is meticulously curated to cover a range of pertinent topics, such as cutting-edge developments in cloud technology, emerging cybersecurity threats and defenses, strategies for digital transformation and innovation, and navigating the complex landscape of tech regulations and compliance. These discussions are more than just conversations; they are the catalysts for change and progress in the tech sphere.

Advanced Cloud Technologies

Cybersecurity in the Digital Era

Regulatory Compliance and Data Privacy

Digital Transformation and Business Resilience

AI and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

Blockchain and Security

Cloud Security Architectures

Cybersecurity Awareness and Skills Development

audience

Target Audience

This summit will bring together the crème de la crème of the tech world, including CIOs, CISOs, senior IT executives, policymakers, and industry experts.

CIOs and CISOs

Senior IT Executives

Tech Industry Policymakers

Cybersecurity Experts

Cloud Technology Innovators

agenda

Agenda

  • May 2, 2024

    Digital Transformation Through Cloud Security

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Welcome Address

09:15 AM - 09:25 AM
Keynote

The State of Cybersecurity in Africa

Africa's growing internet use brings both opportunity and risk. While many countries are developing legislation to combat cyber crime, a lack of strong frameworks across the continent leaves it vulnerable. This, combined with a rise in digital transformation, makes African nations prime targets for cyber attacks. Overall, our cybersecurity landscape is one of progress mixed with challenges.

09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Navigating the Complexities of Multi-Cloud Security

Organisations increasingly use multiple cloud providers, seeking flexibility and specialised services. However, this creates security challenges like inconsistent policies and reduced visibility. Look out for strategies to dissect the unique complexities of multi-cloud security with guidance on maintaining control, streamlining management, and unifying security across diverse cloud platforms.

09:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Panel Discussion

Escape the Maze: Avoiding Vendor Lock-in in the Cloud

Cloud strategies today must account for vendor lock-in, where dependency on a single provider limits flexibility. Experts will explore the risks of vendor lock-in and strategies to maintain control. Think multi-cloud approaches, open-source technologies, and careful contract negotiation to build agile and adaptable cloud solutions.

10:25 AM - 10:55 AM
Fireside Chat

Cybersecurity as an Enabler: The Bigger Picture

Often cybersecurity is viewed as a cost centre dedicated to preventing attacks. However, this shifts the perspective. It proposes that strong cybersecurity forms the bedrock upon which businesses and nations can confidently embrace digital opportunities. Robust cybersecurity fosters trust in technology, protecting customer data and critical infrastructure. This trust encourages investment, innovation, and the growth of the digital economy as a whole. This conversation moves cybersecurity from a defensive posture to one that actively facilitates progress.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Tea Break

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: Demystifying Cloud

Cloud computing offers a variety of service models to cater to different needs. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides the foundational building blocks like virtual machines, storage, and networking. Platform as a Service (PaaS) takes it a step further, offering a development environment with tools and pre-configured settings. Software as a Service (SaaS) sits on top, delivering ready-to-use applications accessible through the internet. Choose the most suitable cloud solution for your specific requirements.

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Decentralised Cloud and Edge Computing: Reducing Data Sovereignty Concerns

These offer alternatives to traditional cloud models. By distributing data processing and storage across smaller, geographically dispersed nodes, they can reduce the reliance on centralized data centers. This model offers potential solutions for data sovereignty concerns and increased resilience in areas with limited connectivity.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Panel Discussion

Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

The cybersecurity landscape faces a talent shortage. This presents a unique challenge and opportunity. Organisations need tailored strategies to recruit, train, and upskill the next generation of security experts, ensuring the continent's digital future remains protected.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Lunch Break

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM
Keynote

Harnessing AI and Machine Learning for Cyber Defense

The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving, with threats becoming more sophisticated and complex. Traditional signature-based defense systems are often ill-equipped to handle these challenges, which is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) step in. But while AI and ML are significant assets, cybersecurity experts emphasise that they're not a replacement for human expertise.

02:25 PM - 02:55 PM
Panel Discussion

Secure by Design: Strategies to Prevent Costly Misconfigurations

Many businesses are falling victim to cyberattacks due to misconfigured security systems. This panel will explore proactive strategies to prevent these costly mistakes from happening in the first place. By implementing secure design principles from the start, organisations can significantly bolster their defenses against evolving cyber threats.

03:00 PM - 03:15 PM

Tackling the Insider Threat: Strategies and Approaches

Mitigate. Detect. Prevent. Insider threats, security risks from those with authorised access, needs a multi-faceted approach. One focused on limiting access, monitoring behaviour, and fostering a security-conscious culture. Key strategies include strict access controls, employee awareness training, and tools for detecting unusual activity.

03:20 PM - 03:35 PM

Next-Gen Soc: Evolving Cybersecurity Operations for the Future

Next-Gen SOCs (Security Operations Centers) are the nerve centers of modern cybersecurity, evolving to meet ever-changing threats. They leverage advanced technologies like AI and automation to detect and respond to attacks faster and more intelligently. These modernised centres focus on proactive threat hunting and seamless integration with other security systems.

03:40 PM - 04:00 PM

Closing Remarks

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Roundtable Discussions / Special Interest Groups

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Sponsors

180 Degree Sponsor
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45 Degree Sponsor
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Sponsorship

Sponsoring the Africa Cloud and Cybersecurity pertinent topics, such as cutting-edge developments in cloud Summit is not just an investment in an event. It is an investment in the future of technology in Africa.

This is a unique platform where your brand can gain exceptional visibility and engagement with a niche, influential audience. By aligning with this summit, your organization will be seen as a key player in driving technological advancement and cybersecurity awareness, opening doors to new business opportunities and partnerships in one of the world’s most rapidly developing markets.

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Type

In-person

Status

Upcoming

Where & When

Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
May 2, 2024

Contact Person Details

Events Team
events@cioafrica.co