PRESS RELEASE Group-IB & afriVAD Supports Africa Cyber Defense Forum 2022Nairobi, Friday, Jun 17

We look forward to working with Group-IB & afriVAD to secure our digital economies and keep our cyberspace safe.


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The Africa Cyber Defense Forum (ACDF), a continental platform for public-private cooperation, today announced Group-IB, one of the global cybersecurity leaders with headquarters in Singapore, & afriVAD among the sponsors of the 2022 forum edition.

“We are delighted to have Group-IB & afriVAD support this year’s forum. Our forum has not only become a reference in Africa, but it has also served as a centre for conversations where top-level government leaders, technology experts, business and other leaders of society converge every year to discuss, share best practise, network, build long-lasting business relationships and shape public policy of the African cyberspace and regional agendas. We look forward to working with Group-IB & afriVAD to secure our digital economies and keep our cyberspace safe,” says Gilbert Nyandeje, Founder and CEO, Africa Cyber Defense Forum.

“We are proud to be involved in the 2022 edition of the Africa Cyber Defense Forum,” says Ashraf Koheil, Group-IB’s Director of Business Development in the Middle East Africa, and Turkey. “Such events foster innovation and unlock opportunities for public-private cooperation in the cyber domain. Africa has been an important focus for Group-IB from the research and business perspectives. The expanding coverage of our global threat hunting ecosystem now allows us to pursue our mission of disrupting cybercrime in the region.”

From his side Ahmed Ezz at afriVAD stated “we are thrilled to participate in the African Cyber Defense Forum 2022 to transfer the latest technologies in Information Technology, Data Centers, and Cyber Security to the African continent. Based on our innovative methodology that integrates products and solutions developed by leading technology innovators around the globe, we provide the market with solutions that fulfill accelerating requirements and cope with digital transformation, promising opportunities

He added “The services bundle that we are delivering to African countries are flexible and compatible with different sectors including governmental entities, financial institutions, and economic sectors.

Last year, Group-IB established it’s Middle East and Africa Threat Intelligence & Research Center in Dubai, which accommodated the company’s major units, including hi-tech crime investigations, a Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) lab, Threat Intelligence, Security Assessment, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-GIB), Threat and Fraud Hunting teams, and Digital Risk Protection units.

In May, Group-IB assisted in the INTERPOL-coordinated operation Delilah which resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old Nigerian man by the Nigeria Police Force. Group-IB provided threat intelligence that led to the identification of the alleged head of a cybercrime syndicate, dubbed TMT, that launched mass phishing campaigns and business email compromise (BEC) schemes targeting thousands of companies and individual victims around the world.


About Africa Cyber Defense Forum

The Africa Cyber Defense Forum is a continental platform for public-private cooperation.

The forum through its well-curated and world-class content, engages Top-level Government officials, Technology experts, business leaders, and other leaders of society to shape the continental, regional, and industry agendas in the African cyberspace.

Our activities are anchored in our passionate pursuit of better and safer technology, and we are seeking to shape the future of information security through progressive and inspiring conversations in technology and offering thought leadership to both governments, society, and the private sector.

We believe that technology has the potential to bring transformative change in the continent, but we must ensure that it is equally secure. Therefore, by bringing together experts from all walks of life in a business conscious platform we can make a positive change in our society.

We bring together open-minded, creative, forward-thinking ICT experts, entrepreneurs, and individuals at the frontline of information security, cyber defense technology, technology review, and Business executives through high-level panels and speakers to create deal flows, partnerships and inspire.

About Group-IB

Group-IB, with its headquarters in Singapore, is one of the leading providers of solutions dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud, investigating high-tech crimes, and protecting intellectual property. The company’s threat intelligence and research centers are located in the Middle East (Dubai), the Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Amsterdam), and Russia (Moscow).

Group-IB’s flagship products have been named one of the best in its class by Gartner, Forrester, and IDC. Group-IB’s technological leadership and R&D capabilities are built on the company’s 19 years of hands-on experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide and more than 70,000 hours of cybersecurity incident response accumulated in our leading Forensic Laboratory, High-Tech Crime Investigations Department, and round-the-clock CERT-GIB.

Group-IB is an active partner in global investigations led by international law enforcement organizations such as Europol and INTERPOL. Group-IB is also a member of the Europol European Cybercrime Centre’s (EC3) Advisory Group on Internet Security, which was created to foster closer cooperation between Europol and its leading non-law enforcement partners.


About afriVAD

Since its start-up in 2006, afriVAD had the know-how to become the leading regional IT Solutions Provider by delivering a competitive portfolio of security solutions and reliable services to the market.

afriVAD has a preceding role as a leading value-added distributor in introducing new trends to the market in Cyber Security, Risk & Vulnerability Management Web and Mail Security to the Market and launching new Concept in Products Distribution.

afriVAD has a new vision to manage and orchestrate all internal and external communications aiming to create a propitious point of view among all stakeholders.

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