The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has announced preparations for the foremost cybersecurity conference in Nigeria “Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021.” The event, which is scheduled to take place in Lagos, October 6-7, 2021 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State also provides an opportunity for participants to attend virtually, making it a hybrid conference.
Announcing this during a virtual press briefing, the President of the Association, Mr. Remi Afon, said this year’s conference theme is “the Future of Cyber Security in Nigeria’s Digital Transformation”. According to Afon, the Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference has become an annual event.
“This year is the seventh of its kind and promises to invoke a collaborative effort, an assembly of cybersecurity industry practitioners, business owners, academia, industry, government, military, and law enforcement agencies to identify areas of common interests and proffer inter-workings on ways to tackle cybercrime. This compelling 2-day high profile event will attract the best in the cybersecurity Industry globally and feature-rich cybersecurity contents of informative and educational value,” he said.
He noted that while tech innovation is empowering forces behind booming businesses and growing economies over the world, the increasing integration of digital technologies into almost all aspects of society is also exposing the country to many associated cyber threats.
“In the last few months, there has been an astronomical increase in ransomware attacks worldwide and there is no sign that this will reduce in the next foreseeable future. Ransomware damages are envisaged to cost the world $20 billion by 2021, which is unprecedented as it is 57 times more than what it was in 2015, according to Cybersecurity Ventures,” he said.
He added that digital transformation has resulted in rapid technological advances such as cloud adoption, blockchain implementation, use of cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, 5G, and data sciences, noting that the increase in the number of connected devices in recent years has resulted in the accumulation of data like never before.
“At this rate, we are creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day thus the need for big data analytics. With the pandemic ravaging global economy, adoption of remote working, reliance on IT, the recent acceleration in ransomware attacks, it becomes important to understand the role of cybersecurity in digital transformation. 2021 cyber secure Nigeria conference will focus on how organisations can safeguard their assets while implementing digital transformation agenda.
“According to Wikipedia Digital transformation is the adoption of digital technology to transform services or businesses, through replacing non-digital or manual processes with digital processes or replacing older digital technology with newer digital technology.
“Cybercrime and cyber-attacks are on the rise in Nigeria while organisations and government are becoming helpless,” he said.
Afon said that CSEAN as an established and leading voice in the cybersecurity space seeks to open discussion to address these challenges during the conference. “We aim to prepare participants through workshops, plenary, technical, academic, and breakout sessions on the future of cybersecurity and the role it should play in Nigeria’s digital transformation journey. The conference will be packed with rich cybersecurity and digital transformation topics to be delivered by globally renowned cybersecurity experts,” he concluded.