Conducted annually, this year’s 2021 CyberX Africa four-day event was hosted in Accra, Ghana at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel.
Earlier this year, a similar CyberX Saudi Summit was held virtually on 4 – 5 October 2021. According to CyberX Saudi,
“technological innovation and adoption is at the heart of our journey to continued transformation under the guidelines of Saudi Vision 2030.”
The African iteration of it was in collaboration with the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Secretariat of Ghana’s Ministry of National Security, INTERPOL, the Association of Private Investigators, Ghana, and the International law firm Lex Mundus & Cencla from 9 – 12 November.
Over 100 leading cybersecurity experts for four days gave insightful and cutting-edge discussions on the latest cyberlaw, cybercrime, and cybersecurity trends.
WHAT WAS CYBERX AFRICA 2021
The Cyberx Africa 2021 was a cyber conference (Cycon) and series of international workshops aimed at upskilling cybersecurity professionals, lawyers and cybercrime investigators in Africa to protect critical national and international networks, business information technology systems.
It provided critical information infrastructure, at national, regional and international levels for a more secure and safer cyber space. This they presumed will therefore advance cyber technology, e-jobs and innovation on the continent.
The event which coincides with the 2021 SGI Week (8th Nov – 13th Nov 2021) focused on issues in cyberlaw, incidence response, mobile and digital forensic investigations, and international cooperation for effective investigation and prosecution of cyber & terrestrial crimes in ECOWAS.
This year’s SGI Week focused on Cyber Security and Cybercrime. Previous SGI Week Celebrations have focused on Border Security (2019) and Maritime Security (2021).
The keynote address for the Conference came from Justice Prof. Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He noted that
“the transnational nature of cybercrimes creates a difficulty in attaining electronic evidence for law enforcement.”
He therefore called on African States to cooperate with other regions to achieve success in cybercrime prosecutions.
Other speakers included:
1. Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana,
2. Lt. Col Ababio Serebour,
3. Lawyer Osei Bonsu Dickson – Chief Legal Advisor, Ministry of National Security
4. Prof. Alana Maurushat – Professor of Cybersecurity and Behaviour, Western Sydney University,
5. Mr. Ken Gamble – CEO IFW Global,
6. Mr. Blay Abu Safian-Founder, Intvectec Global,
7. Mr. Dean Wilkinson- Cyber Specialized Officer – INTERPOL,
8. Mr. Eric Dampson-Forensics Investigator,
9. Mr. Eric Nii Sowah Badger-Penetration Tester, Ethical Hacker
10. Mr. James Nee Gedeo – Exec. Director Liberia Cyber Crime Prevention & Mitigation Agency
11. Professor Peter 0. Olayiwola, Professor of Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics Institute, Nigeria
Participants were from Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, United States, Australia and Ghana.
Professionals and experts from the Liberia Cyber Crime Prevention and Mitigation Agency, the Bank of Ghana, the Computer Forensic Institute, Nigeria, the Judicial Service of Ghana, Lex Mundus and Cencla (International Law Firm) and other Law Firms, the Association of Private Investigators.
Access Bank, NIB Bank, Fidelity Bank, Cal Bank, Ministry of National Security, the Cyber Security Authority.
Ghana Shippers Authority, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Economic and Organized Crime Bureau, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Free Zones Board, Western Sydney University and IFW Global.
Aside conferences, as an organisation they offer courses in cyber trainings.
Follow link to learn more https://cyberxafrica.com/
Source: CyberX Africa 2021
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