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ISACA Kenya annual conference kicks off in Mombasa

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Kenya chapter annual conference has kicked off in Mombasa organized with the theme “Enabling Digital Transformation.”
The three-day conference brings together over 300 ICT gurus from local and foreign ICT stakeholders to discuss issues including digital transformation and 5G network, securing organizational transformation, cyber security and use of ICT in security and service delivery.
Kenya’s ISACA chapter president Raymond Bett said the ICT participants will look into how to enhance the country’s cyber security posture and foster information sharing among corporate organisations.
Speaking at the PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort in Mombasa Bett said the conference comes at a time organisations were focusing on digital transformation, big data collection and cloud computing.
“A lot of data is being collected by government and corporate organisations and there is need to develop strategies for the safety and security of such data,” he said.
He welcomed the ongoing efforts to digitize key government services saying it will in the long run improve efficiency in the delivery of public services.
On his part Huawei senior director public affairs Adam Lane said they had more responsibility to further expand internet and IT telecommunication services in the country.
Mr. Lane said Huawei is working closely with the Ministry of ICT in the development of infrastructure for ICT services through the building of the National Optic Fibre Backbone infrastructure (NOFBI).
He said Huawei was delighted at the opportunity to sponsor the conference saying it underscores the critical role of ICT in attaining holistic development in the country.
Lane said NOFBI was a project aimed at ensuring connectivity in all the 47 counties across the country.
“The NOFBI project has been a success in the counties and that together with the ICT Authority we will embark on the next phase of connecting all the sub counties and urban centres,” he said.
Mr. Lane underscored the need to insulate ICT infrastructure from cyber threats to protect economies from total collapse in this digital age.
Mr. Nicholas Mulila Chief Corporate Security Officer for Safaricom underscored the need to use digital technology to promote transparent, efficient and effective delivery of public services by both the government and the private sector players.
He said data is at the heart of any business saying its protection was crucial to ensure its integrity, reputation and accessibility.
By Mohamed Hassan

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