The first annual USIU - Africa Cyber Security Conference, took place on Friday, November 10 on campus, based on the theme; “The Status of Cyber Security in Kenya and the Region: Training And Enterprise”. The conference, which was organized by the USIU-Africa cyber security group in the IT Club, was an attempt to tackle the disconnect between academia and industry.
According to the Kenya Cyber Security Report of 2016 prepared by Serianu Ltd and USIU-Africa, Kenya’s loses upto $175 million annually to cybercrime, illustrating a need for all organizations to invest heavily in recruitment and training of cybersecurity professionals, and assessment of threats.
The conference was able to engage students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders through plenary talks, an open question and answer session and live demonstrations. Dr. Bright Gameli (Head of Cyber Security Services, Internet Solutions Kenya), Mrs. Paula Musuva-Kigen (Lecturer, Forensic Information Technology), Dr. Wamuyu Kanyi (Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Technology), Mr. Gabriel Mathenge (Cybersecurity Consultant), Mr. Christian Kisutsa (Information Security Analyst, Euclid Consultancy) and Onyibe Shalom (IST ‘17) formed a panel of seasoned experts, who produced a rich cyber security discourse, that addressed the role of the student in the cyber security industry, as well as provided insight into what it takes to meet industrial standards set by cyber security professionals.