The need for updated cybersecurity strategies within public institutions has reached a critical juncture in today’s complex digital landscape. Recent high-profile cyberattacks, such as those targeting vital South African entities like the City of Johannesburg, Transnet, and the Department of Justice, underscore the vulnerability of public sector organisations and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to relentless cyber threats. To confront this challenge head-on, mark your calendars for the forthcoming Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit 2023 (#PubliSec2023), scheduled for October 3rd in Johannesburg, South Africa as reported by ZAWYA.
Interpol’s African Cyberthreat Assessment Report for 2021 has shed light on the severity of the situation, revealing that cyber attacks exact a staggering R2.2 billion toll on South Africa annually. Accenture’s report on digital safety further reveals that South Africa faces an average of approximately 577 malware attacks every hour.
The gravity of the cyber threat extends beyond South Africa’s borders. The African Union experienced a debilitating cyberattack earlier this year, rendering its systems inoperative and denying employees access to work emails and the broader internet. In Ethiopia, attempts to disrupt the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and major financial institutions were thwarted in 2022. The director-general of the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA) disclosed that a staggering 37,000 interconnected computers used by financial institutions were targeted in the failed cyber-attacks.
The call for proactive cybersecurity strategies has grown urgent in response to this surge in cyber incursions against public sector domains. Government departments, agencies, and State Owned Enterprises must reassess their cybersecurity approaches and invest substantially in infrastructure, skills development, and cutting-edge technology. These proactive measures are essential for mitigating existing vulnerabilities and erecting robust defences against future threats.
The Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit 2023 provides a vital platform for stakeholders committed to safeguarding public sector interests against the rising tide of cyber threats. By participating in this event, attendees will access the latest insights, best practices, and case studies that underpin effective cybersecurity measures. The summit also offers invaluable networking opportunities, enabling attendees to connect with peers and solution providers to exchange perspectives, address challenges, and explore innovative strategies.
To secure your seat at the forefront of cybersecurity resilience, register for the summit at https://apo-opa.info/3rc4GK1.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for organisations seeking to enhance their participation and engagement in this crucial cybersecurity discourse. Explore these options further by downloading the summit brochure at https://apo-opa.info/3rc4GK1. The Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit 2023 marks a pivotal moment in bolstering the digital defences of government entities and State Owned Enterprises. The journey toward cyber resilience commences here.
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