Nairobi, 18th June 2020: INTERPOL will be presenting at the first African Virtual Cyber Defense Forum 2020 taking place on the 24th -25th June 2020.

The theme of the conference is A More Secure World, More Business Activity and More Jobs and focuses on the future of information security through better and safer cyber defense technology through;

  • Participation in progressive business conversations
  • Inspiring and connecting thought-leadership, experts, and organizations to local, global, and societal trends in the cyberspace
  • Developing and Connecting Cybersecurity experts in a business conscious platform and globally.

According to an ICT security survey conducted by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics & Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Kenya alone lost about Sh18 billion ($175 million) to cybercrime in 2016 while Markets and Markets analysis report on the African Cybersecurity published in its June 2015 publication suggested that the Africa cybersecurity market size is expected to grow from $0.92 Billion in 2015 to $2.32 Billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.41% from 2015 to 2020.

The 2020 forum will feature;

  1. Top-level presentations and panel discussions: From government and Corporate officials across Africa Europe and the US deployed across executive, technical, and solutions track to review and forecast the cybersecurity landscape.
  2. Virtual Cyberlympics, (Africa Cyber Defense Competition – ACDC): The Largest Continental Cyber Defense Competition for innovation, competitiveness, and cyber security skills assessment program.
  3. Expert Alliance, (The African Alliance of Cybersecurity Executives – AACE): Developing and connecting cybersecurity executives in a business conscious platform

The forum’s chairman, Mr. William Baraza, Director and CEO of Afralti, who spoke on the sidelines of the Africa Cyber Defense Forum Advisory Meeting in Nairobi, said that Africa Cyber Defense Forum has put in place a robust framework to promote homegrown solutions and innovations through R&D in cybersecurity allowing local innovative cybersecurity companies to come and showcase their latest solutions during the Virtual Forum.

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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, Technology experts, business leaders and other leaders of society to shape the continental, regional and industry agendas in the African cyber space.

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 inspiring conversations in technology and offering thought leadership to both governments, society and 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. This is why by bringing together experts from all walks of life in a business conscious platform we can make a positive change in our society.

In 2020, we bring together open-minded, creative, and forward-thinking ICT experts, entrepreneurs, and individuals at the frontline of information security, cyber defense technology, technology review, and Business executives under the theme; A More Secure World, More Business Activity, and More Jobs.

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For more than 100 years, police across the globe have been cooperating to prevent and fight crime.

While some of the basic crimes remain unchanged over the years (murder, robbery) other crimes have followed technological, economic and sociological developments in our world (such as cybercrime and people smuggling).

Policing has also advanced in line with developments in technology. Until the 1980s, when our records were computerized, data was processed and analyzed manually.

In 1935, we launched a dedicated radio network for sharing police information while today’s secure web-based system allows police to check our databases in real-time from the frontline.

Yet the very first initiatives to discuss extradition procedures, identification techniques and record keeping are still at the heart of our role today. Locating fugitives remains a core activity, biometrics have replaced paper fingerprints and our databases contain millions of global records of criminal data.

We began as the International Criminal Police Commission, created in 1923, and became the International Criminal Police Organization-INTERPOL in 1956.

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J.W. Richards

Manager – Communications and Programs, Africa Cyber Defense Forum

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