Event Details

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

KENYA AND RWANDA: Cybersecurity Solutions Business Briefing

Event Information

Date & time

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Arlington, VA

Contact

Heather Burns at +1-212-490-0460 or hburns@bciu.org

On a visit to the United States, a group of leaders from Kenya and Rwanda will learn about state-of-the-art U.S. technologies, as well as policies and regulations that can support the efforts of Kenya and Rwanda’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors to develop and strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure and capabilities against cyberattacks.

As part of the visit, USTDA will host a half-day Business Briefing on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Arlington, VA. One-on-one meetings with the delegates will be available. Registration is required. To save your seat, click the link below.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WILL FEATURE

  • An overview of project opportunities
  • Stakeholder engagement and market opportunities
  • Project development and procurement opportunities for cybersecurity solutions

 ATTEND THE BUSINESS BRIEFING TO

  • Learn about upcoming project opportunities 
  • Understand the cybersecurity objectives of Kenya and Rwanda
  • Meet one-on-one with key decision-makers 
  • Form new business partnerships 

 DELEGATES REPRESENTED

  • Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA)
  • Ministry of Information Technology & Communications (MiTEC), Republic of Rwanda
  • Bank of Kigali
  • Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, Republic of Kenya
  • Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)
  • Kenya Commercial Bank
  • National Bank of Rwanda
  • SEACOM
  • Communications Authority of Kenya
  • Kenya ICT Authority
  • Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), Republic of Kenya

BACKGROUND

As African countries continue to experience economic growth, the adoption of ICT applications across sectors has exposed firms and organizations to greater risk of malicious cyber-enabled activities and attacks. Across Africa, the costs of cybercrime have been greatest for the banking and finance services sector, which lost  $248 million USD to malicious cyber activity in 2017. In response, the governments and central banks of Kenya and Rwanda have taken significant steps to invest in cybersecurity and develop policies and regulations to mitigate cybercrime and malicious activity. Through these efforts, both countries have a demand for cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies and solutions. The Government of Kenya (GoK) has consistently prioritized the development of the nation’s ICT sector. The increased adoption of ICT applications, along with its growing economy, has made Kenya a primary target of cyber-enabled attacks in the region. In 2016 alone, Kenya lost approximately $175 million USD due to cybercrime. Rwanda has also faced significant losses due to malicious cyber activity, especially in the banking and finance sector. Over the past five years, the nation’s finance sector has experienced over 700 cases of cyber-enabled fraud amounting to $6.5 million USD. In 2017, Rwanda saw an increase in cyber-enabled financial crimes, with eighty incidents amounting to $1.5 million USD. As a global leader in the development and deployment of cybersecurity technologies, the U.S. private sector is poised to help fortify the network infrastructure in Kenya and Rwanda. 

Attendance at this event is limited to U.S. individuals, U.S. firms, or U.S. consultants as defined in USTDA’s Nationality, Source and Origin Requirements,  available on USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov.

For more information, please contact Heather Burns at hburns@bciu.org or +1-212-490-0460.

 

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