Cisco Launches Its First Cyber Security Technology Experience Centre In Africa

Global technology company Cisco has launched its first Cybersecurity Technology Experience Centre in the continent at the University of Nairobi.

The centre, which has been set up in collaboration with ICT Authority (ICTA) and the University of Nairobi is part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) global programme collaborates with government and private sector leaders to build sustainable, secure, and inclusive communities powered by ethical and innovative technology solutions. With more than 1,600 active or completed projects in 50 countries, it is creating new value for participating countries, their industries, and their residents.

Speaking during the official launch at the Chiromo Campus that was attended by Cisco Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy and Purpose Officer, Francine Katsoudas and THE University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama, ICT and The Digital Economy Principal Secretary Eng. John Tanui noted that the Centre will offer Cyber Security Training, help bu
ild strategic in-country Cyber Security capabilities and expertise leveraging Cisco Networking academy.

‘Cisco is launching its first Cyber Security Technology Experience Centre on the African continent. This is designed to serve as a hub for Cyber Security Training and a showcase of state-of-the-art cyber security solutions,’ said Eng. Tanui.

The PS stated that the Centre will leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) tools to deliver a cyber security awareness experience to government officials and the Industry across the continent.

‘The centre will showcase the latest cyber security threat intelligence solutions, support government with cyber security architecture, use cases, validated designs and knowledge necessary to detect, prevent and respond to Cyber threats effectively,

Furthermore, Cisco’s involvement in Kenya’s digital transformation journey extends beyond mere partnership; it embodies a shared commitment to advancing our strategic priorities and realizing our vision for a
digitally inclusive and prosperous nation,’ he added.

Eng. Tanui pointed out that by aligning our goals and leveraging Cisco’s global footprint and technological prowess, Kenya can accelerate our progress towards key objectives such as enhancing connectivity, promoting digital literacy and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across all industry where all companies are now a Tech company be it Agritech, Fintech, MedTech.

‘We applaud you for what you have achieved here today. Let us continue to work hand in-hand, leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise, to build a brighter and more prosperous future for our nation, ‘ he added.

‘AI is increasing the pace of change in our work and our lives, as well as the risks we face from cyber-attacks. It’s more important than ever to ensure that communities are connected and have the skills to participate and respond to threats,’ said Katsoudas.

‘This partnership between CDA and Cisco Networking Academy allows us to equip more people with the skills needed
for the future and strengthen the country’s cyber defences. We look forward to working with ICTA on advancing the goals they’ve set in Kenya’s Development Plan.

Protecting citizens against cybercrime requires collaboration. Cisco and ICTA invite government, educational institutions, private sector organisations and entities committed to Kenya’s cyber security infrastructure and digital transformation to engage in this landmark initiative,’ said Shain Rahim, Country Leader for Cisco Kenya.

‘We believe we can make an important and tangible difference in the industry and help accelerate the country’s digital transformation,’ he said.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) documented an unprecedented surge in cyber-attacks in 2023. At the same time, countries around the globe, including Kenya, are facing a major skills gap.

According to the latest Cisco Cyber security Readiness Index, 86 percent of organizations globally are impacted by a shortage of cyber security talent.

The CDA programme in Kenya was
founded in 2023 and works hand-in-hand with Cisco’s Networking Academy, which has been active in Kenya for more than 20 years, training over 130,000 learners in networking, cyber security, programming and other digital skills.

Aligned to Cisco’s commitment to power an inclusive future for all, the CDA and Networking Academy programmes empower communities worldwide through technology and education.

Source: Kenya News Agency