The Evolving Cyber Security Threats of the African Continent


From ransomware to phishing to malware and credential theft, users are not protecting themselves adequately. Phishing and social engineering have now spread to other communication channels and perpetrators are now using advanced technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning to gather information, and dupe end users. The workplace landscape has evolved post COVID-19, and with the rise of remote working, end users are now responsible for setting up their home offices, which are usually geared for convenience and accessibility rather than security. End-users must be made aware, informed, and trained on the prevailing and evolving risks of cyber security, and the importance of investing in a robust infrastructure.


KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest integrated new-school security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 35 000 customers worldwide. KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by training users to better manage the urgent problems of social engineering, spear phishing and ransomware attacks. Thousands of organizations trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their end-users as the last line of corporate IT defense. KnowBe4 provides an affordable, easy-to-use GRC tool that helps organizations cut down audit time and manage their compliance and risk projects faster than ever. With the acquisition of Popcorn Training in 2018, KnowBe4 Africa continues to develop locally relevant content for African audiences.

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SVP of Content Strategy & Evangelist

Anna Collard is currently SVP of Content Strategy & Evangelist for KnowBe4 Africa where she drives security awareness across the African continent. She has been working in the cybersecurity field for 18 years: as KnowBe4 Africa’s Managing Director and before that as security architect and consultant, where she has assisted organizations build their cybersecurity defences across South Africa, Europe and the U.S.

Collard founded security content publisher Popcorn Training, which is a South African company that promotes cybersecurity awareness by using innovative, story-based techniques and gamification to make complex content simple to understand and easy to remember. Popcorn Training was acquired by KnowBe4 in 2018.

Anna won the Women in Tech Innovations Throughout Africa 2020 Award for Southern and Central Africa. She featured in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity – Africa 2020 as well as the Top 100 Women in Cyber 2020 globally by Cyber Defence Magazine. She was awarded the ISACA South Africa prestigious President Award for 2020.

Collard holds various security certifications, such as CISSP, CISA, ISO 27001 lead auditor, CIPP/IT and used to be a Visa/Mastercard PCI DSS QSA.

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Harrison Nnaji
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), First Bank Nigeria

Harrison Nnaji is an accomplished Data and Information Security Strategist & Practitioner with more than a decade of solid experience in the conception, engineering, design, delivery, operation and optimization of Cyber, Data & Information Security Capabilities, Risk Management, Networking, IT Operations & Project Management. 

He has a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from FUTO, Owerri; Masters in Project Management from University of Lagos, Masters in Security Management from University of Portsmouth, UK and over 30 industry-rated certifications including CCISO, CISSP, CISM, CCSP, MoR, TOGAF9, CEH, ISO 20000 Implementer. 

He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO) for FirstBank Group where he oversees the evaluation, design, implementation, and operation of effective processes and technology-driven solutions to monitor, detect, prevent, and respond to threats to data and information assets of the Bank. 

Prior to that, he had held both operational, tactical and strategic roles in Banking, Telecommunications, IT Equipment Distribution, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Service Integration industries. 

He is also the Vice Chairman – Committee of CISOs for DMBs (Deposit Money Banks) & PSPs (Payment Service Providers) & the Director – ISC2 Nigeria Chapter.

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Itumeleng Makgati
Group Information Security Executive, Standard bank Group

Seasoned IT, business, and systems integration Executive, Itumeleng Makgati boasts nearly two decades of expertise in her field. Itumeleng Makgati, Group Executive – Information Security at the Standard Bank Group provide strategic vision and leadership of the Information Security Shared Services across the Group, subsidiaries and ecosystem partners, supporting information security initiatives, the associated decision making, to protect sensitive data and systems from infiltration or misuse. She is passionate about building diverse high-performance teams that thrive in the face of adversity.

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Abdul-Hakeem Bolade Dirisu Ajijola
Chair, Nigerian National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021 committee

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola (AhA), a global Cybersecurity resource is ranked #1 IFSEC 2020 Global Cybersecurity professionals’ influencers and thought leaders list, is:

▪ Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group, Addis Ababa. ▪ Chair, Working Group on Cyber Incident Management and Critical Information Protection of #theGFCE, The Hague.
▪ Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (#GCSC), The Hague.
▪ Expert, supporting United Nations Office on Disarmament Affairs (#UNODA) development of an online training course in “Cyberdiplomacy", New York, USA.
▪ Resource Person, #ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Centre through Oman National CERT (#OCERT) Muscat, Oman.
▪ Resource person, South East Asia Regional Centre for Counterterrorism (#SEARCCT), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
▪ Resource person, on Cyber Security in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism for the Organization of the OIC Headquarters, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
▪ Founding member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response
Team (#OIC-CERT) and initiator of the annual OIC-CERT Global prize, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is also:

▪Chair, Nigerian National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy review committee,
▪ Chair, Nigeria Computer Society, Cybersecurity Advisory Group.
▪ Member, Presidential Committee on the Development of National Broadband Plan.
▪ Member, Group of Experts for the Nigerian Senate Committee on Cybersecurity and ICT.
▪ Lead, National Identity Management Harmonization and Integration Committee.
▪ Member, 2001 Nigeria National IT Policy Drafting Committee.
▪ Has been an Assistant to four (4) Nigerian National Security Advisers.
▪ Fellow, Nigeria Computer Society.
▪ Lead Facilitator, Cybersecurity Capacity Building, Executive Registration Programme, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPrN).
▪ Board Member, Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN) Nigeria Limited.
▪ Director/ Secretary, HAKDA-Ajijola Foundation.
▪ Trustee, Alpha-Arewa Foundation.

He has attended several development programmes both in Nigeria and abroad including an Executive Program on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the prestigious Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has special certifications from the MIS Training Institute, Massachusetts MA, USA in Large Scale Computer Forensics, Incident Response, International Security in the Interconnected World and The Forum on Information Warfare. He is Certificated on Digital Forensics with Forensics Recovery Evidence Device (FRED) by Digital Intelligence, Inc., USA, and Cyber Security Capability & Capacity Building certification by Cybersecurity Malaysia.

Abdul-Hakeem is the Chairman, Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Ltd., a Cyber Security, e- Library, and Information Communication Technology Policy Consultancy Firm, in Abuja, Nigeria.

He is working to kick-start the development of an Africa CyberSecurity Economic sub sector employing thousands of knowledge workers, below 35 years of age, who will profitably drive CyberSecurity solutions value chains.

Event Schedule

Thursday, 3rd June 2021

WhatsApp, Instagram, and Emails are the most commonly used platforms for people to connect with each other in the African continent, all of these platforms have been compromised today. Attackers are increasingly becoming more sophisticated and are using advanced technology to acquire sensitive data from corporations, governments, and end users. In this keynote address, one of Africa’s foremost Cyber Security experts will share first hand insights from their reports and on ground research on critical topics including:

  • Overview of the cyber security landscape in the African continent pre and post COVID-19 lockdowns

  • Mobile User Privacy: What it is, and how it has been compromised

  • Consumer concern about WhatsApp privacy and data policy

  • State of security culture and level of cybersecurity awareness amongst end users in Africa

    Keynote Speaker: Anna Collard, SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist, KnowBe4 Africa

  • Mapping cyber security culture in Africa through different industries

  • Understanding the most common cyber threats to African organisations

  • Creating structures for whistle-blowers to report cyber-attacks within corporations

  • Evaluating best practices through first-hand experiences to mitigate cyber-attacks

  • Driving incremental awareness and training programmes to educate and empower end users

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Itumeleng Makgati, Group Executive - Information Security, Standard Bank Group

  • Femi Olofintila, Chief Information Security Officer, Nova Merchant Bank Ltd

  • Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), First Bank Nigeria

  • Anna Collard, SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist, KnowBe4 Africa

Who Should Attend

    Job titles:

  • CIOs, CTO, CISOs, CSOs

  • Head of security

  • IT director


  • Financial Services

  • Manufacturing

  • Oil & Gas

  • Retail


  • Government

  • Energy & Utilities

  • Telecom

  • Transportation

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