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Criminals prey on lack of cybersecurity culture in Africa

Criminals prey on lack of cybersecurity culture in Africa

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A Forrester Consulting study entitled The Rise of Security Culture found that 94% of respondents felt a security culture is essential for business success. It’s also critical for reputation, process, governance, risk and compliance. The question is, how can organisations embed and measure its security culture? The Africa Cybersecurity Culture Conference 2020 hopes to provide the answer.

At this event, to be held on June 11, 2020, industry experts from across Africa will convene to discuss key trends and topics relevant to cybersecurity on the continent. The half-day online event will play host to an array of speakers and panellists that include: Charl Van Der Walk, Head of Security Research at Orange Cyberdefence; Kai Roer, Managing Director at CLTrRE; Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer at KnowBe4; as well as CIOs and decision makers from across some of the continent’s most prominent brands.

“This conference is all about the human element with an African focus,” explains Anna Collard, Managing Director of KnowBe4 Africa. “There are differences in the way that people in Africa respond to cybersecurity awareness campaigns and how much they know about cybersecurity risk.”

The business with the weakest link will always be the most attractive target. This makes employee education and a security-driven culture so important. If people understand the risks and recognise the signs, they are the organisation’s best defence.

“Cybercriminals are attracted to companies with a low level of awareness or that lack any clearly visible security strategy,” said Collard. “This has inspired the development of the Africa Cybersecurity Culture Conference 2020 – it’s completely focused on how organisations can define, measure and enhance their security culture.”

Experts from leading African organisations will be presenting their security strategies, techniques and KPIs at the event. The advice will include insights from different cultures and countries, allowing for a richly varied and dynamic approach to developing a diverse and relevant cybersecurity culture within the organisation.








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