Cloud and Security Summit hosts discussions around data protection

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Harry Hare, Chairman CIO East Africa converses with Innocent Muhizi CEO RISA during the CSS event in Kigali

Do you own a smartphone? Have you ever used the internet? Do you have a social media account or wear a fitness tracker? If it’s a yes to any of these questions, then you have at some point shared personal data.

Personal data reveals a lot about people; the thoughts, lifestyle, network or just network and the list is endless. These data can easily be exploited to harm especially to the vulnerable individuals and communities, or members of oppressed and marginalized groups. That is why these data must be strictly protected.

The practices, safeguards, and binding rules put in place to protect personal information and to ensure that one remains in control of it is data protection.

As it emerged during the second regional Cloud and Security Summit (CSS) held on 28th – 29th March, 2019, governments have a security interest in ensuring the protection of personal and public data. They do phenomenal work to innovate and build bright futures for their citizens and should emphasize on partnering with local companies to bridge the gap of big data hosted outside of the continent.

Individuals equally have the obligation of protection their personal data to avoid security breaches that were said to have far reaching negative effects on finances and even reputation.

Speaking at the summit, Paula Ngabire, Minister of ICT and Innovations in Rwanda noted that with the emergence of new technologies, threats and security breaches have also emerged. “Its evident that with the emergence of new technologies, network security, data security, Information security and cyber risks are rapidly growing.” Adding; We thus need to strengthen security at different levels, up-scaling and training cybersecurity engineers to safeguard our data assets.”

Ms Laura Chite, CEO CIO East Africa, echoed the minister’s sentiments noting: “By end of the summit, attendees would have understood effective ways of mitigating security breaches.”

Innocent Muhizi, CEO for Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) who said that much as digital connectivity had made life easier, simpler and better, it has also come with a thorn. The thorn that is data leakages and insecurities orchestrated by dab guys. We’ve assembled brilliant guys to discuss on how to overcome such attacks.

The first day of the summit saw a high profile panel deliberate on the policies and challenges of regulating emerging technologies. The panel, moderated by Harry Hare, the Chairman CIO East Africa involved Paula Ingabire, Nyimbi Odero, Nikki summers the Regional Director for Sage E. Africa and Didier Nkurikiyimfura.

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