2 days / 2 training tracks
1 policy session

August 9-10
Cyber Defence East Africa 2017

Financial sector security

August 9-10, Kampala, Uganda

Uganda and East African region overall is focusing on digitization and internet services as strategic means for improving public service delivery and facilitation of economic growth. With increasing digitization comes the need to ensure resilience against cyber threats – both internal and external. Digitization will produce desired benefits only if countries succeed to develop secure environment, employ secure technologies and designs as well as educate people, institutions, and businesses about cyber threats and secure behavior.

In 2017, massive ransomware attacks affected a variety of sectors worldwide, disturbing healthcare, education, transport, national security and financial organisations.

Financial sector is one of the key targets for cyber criminals. High-profile cyber-attacks on banks, such as last year’s $81-million heist at the Bangladesh Bank or $13-million withdrawn in Japan using data stolen from South Africa’s Standard Bank, provide insights into potential consequences.

Disruption in accessibility of financial services, failure to ensure data integrity or a loss of confidence in the system can potentially cripple the entire economy. In addition, financial sector has its unique features, such as interconnectedness of the financial systems, which renders necessary specific approach and specific measures. Therefore, NRD Companies and NITA-U have dedicated the 5th annual Cyber Defence East Africa 2017 conference to financial sector security.

Our Idea

The event will take place in Kampala, Uganda, on 9-10th August 2017 and is expected to be attended by senior financial sector officials from Uganda and other East African region countries, together with leading policy-makers, law enforcement officers, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and heads of IT departments from across East Africa.

The purpose of the first day of the conference is to emphasize that cyber security is first and foremost – a management issue, and therefore it will feature high-level keynote speeches and panel sessions on cyber security threats to the financial sector, critical infrastructure protection and information sharing. The Policy day will be concluded by signing of a Declaration on Cyber Security that calls to action the stakeholders, responsible for the stability and security of the financial sector in the East African Community.

The second day of the conference will be dedicated to practical trainings, divided into two parallel tracks: Track 1. Information Analysis and Track 2. Open Source Intelligence. The participants will learn how open source data and information analysis can increase the resilience of financial sector by preventing, deterring and investigating cyber-attacks. Technical trainings will be delivered by a specialized Northern European company NRD Cyber Security.

Cyber Defence East Africa

NRD companies are organising annual
Cyber Defence East Africa conferences since 2013.

Even though major data breaches have hit the headlines worldwide, highlighting increased need for skilled security professionals and service providers, many organisations still rely on ad hoc, manual processes. Popular excuses are: “my organisation/business is not a target”, “the bad guys are too effective and cannot be stopped”, “someone else (e. g. national CERT) should take care of this”, “cybersecurity is too expensive”, etc.

Information security managers are confused about what to do, executive management often fails to recognise the impact of cyber security on business processes, and therefore risk damaging organisations’ data, assets and reputation.

Cyber Defence East Africa is annual cyber security conference organised by NRD Companies. It serves as a knowledge sharing and networking platform, aimed to address cyber security issues and bring together the Government, the ICT Industry and Academia in efforts to create a better and more secure digital environment for the states, governments, businesses and citizens in East Africa.



NRD Companies is a global information technology and consulting group of companies specialized in governance and economic digital infrastructure development with headquarters in Norway.


This event would not be happening without their support.

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