On October 13, Global CIO Forum and emt Distribution, in association with Acunetix and Netsparker, successfully hosted the African Convergence to Technology WebSummit. The virtual gathering discussed market trends, offered technology insights and suggestions to deliver a more secure and safer 2021 for businesses in Africa.

Globally cyberattacks are increasing and new cybersecurity risks are emerging. The pandemic has made remote working more vulnerable. In the websummit, participants learnt how African businesses can protect their digital and web presence. The two-hour long summit included two technology and product sessions, followed by a panel discussion.

The session

The first technology and product session was titled Find, Fix, Protect, Be Ahead of Hackers, Control Your Web Security. It was led by Naresh Kumar, Director Regional Business Development, emt Distribution and Mo Hassan, Partner Account Manager, Ivicti Security.

The second technology and product session was titled Driving Data Centre Effectiveness and Cost Optimization. It was led by Cherry Tongol, Sales Executive, emt Distribution and Fawad Laiq, Senior Technical Manager, emt Distribution.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic, African Cyber Security and Cybercrime.
Panellists included Gabriel Ajilore, Head of Information Security, Union Bank Nigeria; and Mo Hassan, Partner Account Manager, Ivicti Security. The discussion centred around three key topics.

  • Top challenges for African enterprises to deliver cyber security
  • Top cyber security threats for African enterprises
  • How do African enterprises respond in a cyber security emergency

Keynote speakers for the African Convergence to Technology WebSummit.

Keynote speakers for the African Convergence to Technology WebSummit.

Why emt Distribution

emt Distribution has deep roots in the African subcontinent and is in a unique position to help businesses there tackle current and emerging cybersecurity challenges. emt’s list of vendors includes Acunetix, Netsparker, Safetica, Opswat, Endpoint Protector, WhatsUp Gold, SecPod, SecurEnvoy, Titus, Hitachi, Ipswitch, Matrix42 and more.

emt already has a diverse customer base in Africa, including ICTA Kenya, GCNet Ghana, Fidelity Bank Nigeria, Equity Bank Nigeria, PwC, Egypt’s Ministry of Defence, National Examination Council in Tanzania, Baraka Bank, Sudan Telecom, amongst others. Moreover, emt has an alliance with CertNexus, a provider of cyber security, AI, IoT, data science and other courses.

About GCF Unite WebSummit

Global CIO Forum’s GCF Unite WebSummit is an online webinar that is aimed towards creating a global technology leaders’ community whose ultimate goal is to Integrate, Influence, Impact CIOs and tech leaders. The GCF Unite WebSummit will host a series of events in multiple chapters and 30+ countries featuring successful local tech leaders, CIOs, IT directors, innovators, educators and investors who share business leadership best practices, and lessons learned on the road to building great future with help of technocrats and technology.

About Global CIO Forum

The role of a CIO is one of the most critical one in today’s business and industry. Today, CIOs hold the future of innovation, productivity and competitiveness in their hands. At the Global CIO Forum, we not only provide our members with an exchange forum for best IT leadership strategies and practices to enhance business results, but we are also developing a strong voice to ensure that CIOs are represented at key industry and government decision tables. In other words: Integrate. Influence. Impact.