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Kenya’s techpreneur to feature in ISACA’s Africa forum

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As a global leader in mobile money, Kenya has more than 17 million of the population using its mobile-money system, M-PESA.

As the African continent grows in connectivity and emerging technologies like mobile banking continues to spread, professionals responsible for the safety and innovation of the digital world face increasing challenges and opportunities.

The future is one that needs multiple lenses and perspectives, according to African entrepreneur Mark Kaigwa.

Kaigwa will open the first-ever Africa Computer Audit, Control and Security (Africa CACS) Conference, taking place 8-9 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hosted by global IT association ISACA, the conference will gather IT audit, risk, cybersecurity and governance professionals from around the world to discuss solutions and strategies in assurance, risk, governance and security, including how professionals can advance their careers and impact their enterprises.

“Although a thread of cybersecurity exists in Africa, we need to zoom out and cut across the one billion-strong continent and the emergent connected class,” says Kaigwa.

“This conference, which is the first time delegates in the region will come together to address these challenges, demonstrates ISACA’s commitment to serve, recruit and support professionals who work in this area and have a direct impact on the strength and security of their enterprises. I am proud to participate in this effort.”

Kaigwa is an innovative entrepreneur and author. He is the founder of Nendo, a Nairobi-based consultancy delivering solutions in research, training and strategy across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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He is also the publisher and co-author of the digital trends and insights annual, The Nendo Social Media Trend Report. Kaigwa was feted among Forbes Africa’s inaugural 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in 2013.

His keynote will explore why African governments and public and private sector organizations need to step up their cybersecurity discussions. He will discuss how to reframe Africa’s narrative on technology, connectivity and the impact on the continent’s youth population.

The conference will also provide a global perspective. Closing Herman Konings, trend analyst and consumer psychologist, will discuss the trends and future expectations facing today’s professionals throughout the world. ISACA CEO Matt Loeb and ISACA Board Director Tichaona Zororo will share their insights and moderate a global panel in a discussion on “The State of Corporate Governance of IT in Africa.”

ISACA, a global association serving more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 180 countries, will offer more than 30 sessions in four tracks at Africa CACS, addressing IS audit, security/cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance/privacy. Session topics include innovation and compliance, auditing’s impact on cybersecurity, big data, encryption, payment data security, emerging technologies and best practices in auditing.

Pre-conference workshops will offer hands-on training for COBIT 5, including an opportunity to take the exam to earn the COBIT 5 Foundation Certificate; and for cybersecurity to help attendees prepare for the CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam.

Attendees can earn up to 30 continuing professional education (CPE) hours for attending the conference. Additional details, registration and venue information can be found at www.isaca.org/AfricaCACS.

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