World Bank, EAC, Israel and NITA Uganda host East Africa Cybersecurity Clinic

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kampala, Uganda, May 30th 2018 – The World Bank Group (WBG), the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), the East African Community (EAC) and the Government of Israel are pleased to announce the launching of the “East Africa Cybersecurity Clinic,” a regional event scheduled to take place at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa from May 30 to June 2, 2018.

The increasing global interconnectivity and growth of digital technologies have amplified exposure to cyber risks and threats, making cybersecurity an emergent public good. Governments are looking to protect their citizens, data, communications and critical infrastructure through national policies, laws, and strong institutions.

 

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze, giving his opening remarks

 

The upcoming clinic aims to support participating countries foster cybersecurity at the national and regional levels by : (i) identifying challenges and opportunities to move forward their cybersecurity agenda; (ii) building capacity in key cybersecurity areas such as policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, critical Infrastructure Protection, setup of cybersecurity institutions (e.g. Computer Emergency Response Teams [CERTs], Security Operations Centers [SOCs], Cyber Centers of Excellence, etc.); and (iii) developing a regional approach to solve cybersecurity challenges.

“The World Bank is pleased to co-organize this clinic.  As Governments continue to focus on building their digital economies, attention to cybersecurity and an overall environment of trust should be front and center to these efforts,” said Boutheina Guermazi, Practice Manager of the World Bank’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice. “We are confident that this event will not only raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, but also start laying the foundation for the design and development of cybersecurity frameworks and initiatives in the public sector, and help advance regional collaboration and synergies in the area.”

NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, said that “the clinic will allow Uganda to interact, learn and share experiences with the diverse global audience that will be in attendance. This is in line with the importance of cybersecurity to create an environment that allows for secure and safe digital transactions for Ugandan citizens.”

 

The Parliamentary ICT Committee Chairperson, Hon. Annet Nyakecho

The cybersecurity clinic is part of a broader effort funded by the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, focusing on cybersecurity capacity building In Africa. This joint initiative will enable African countries to experience cybersecurity best practices and be in contact with global expertise for building trusted digital environments.

According to the Minister of Economy and Industry of Israel, Hon. Eli (Eliyahu) Cohen, “Israel is happy and proud to give back and share its knowledge with other countries. Witnessing the digital development around the world we believe cybersecurity is an integral aspect of any digital activity to make sure countries will be protected from the risks which come with it. Israel managed to build state-of-the-art cybersecurity infrastructure, generating nation-scale abilities, an atmosphere of cooperation between all stakeholders, and a favorable business environment for private sector involvement. These best practices are available for any country which is seeking to build its own systems and we are here to support them in this process.”

The clinic targets public officials responsible for cybersecurity policies in their jurisdictions, to help them expand their knowledge of cyber operations, technology and policy. Participants include governmental officials from East African Community members countries such as Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda, and representatives from other countries of the region like Djibouti, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Somalia. The clinic will also lay the foundation to support regional integration of cybersecurity protection.

The 3-day conference can be followed online via Facebook and Twitter, using #WBNITASecure

 

 

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About the World Bank’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice:

The World Bank’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice provides developing countries with physical and virtual connectivity solutions, to facilitate the movement of people, goods and information, thus enabling access to food, jobs, health and education services, and stimulating economic and social development.

 

About the Government of Israel:

Israel is a world leader in cybersecurity. With 20 percent of the global private investment in cybersecurity flowing to its sector and multi-national players acting across the globe, Israel has extensive knowledge to share with developing countries. Israel contributes to African development not only in cybersecurity, but also in sectors such as water and agriculture.

 

About NITA-U:

NITA-U is the ICT regulatory authority of Uganda whose aim is to transform Uganda into a knowledge-based society by leveraging IT as a strategic resource to enhance government services, enrich businesses and empower citizens