Russian international software security group, Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance on October 27 at the Kaspersky Lab headquarters in Moscow. The MoU between both parties is to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems, as well as raise cybersecurity awareness across Africa.
Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, and Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of Smart Africa signed the MoU in which Kaspersky Lab will ensure the provision of expertise in the area of cyberthreats to the Alliance. In addition, the parties agreed to exchange data relating to cyberthreats on the African continent.
At the signing ceremony, Dr. Touré, who is also the former secretary general of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, said;
“As we move Africa to becoming an information and knowledge-driven society, it becomes absolutely necessary to cooperate with major cybersecurity organisations, such as Kaspersky Lab, to ensure that rapidly growing digital infrastructure is safe and secure. In the digital age, network security and integrity of information are becoming extremely important, as does the confidentiality of personal data. This makes cybersecurity a top priority for Smart Africa. We are very pleased with our cooperation with Kaspersky Lab.”
Eugene Kaspersky said,
“We are pleased to lauunch this cooperation with Smart Africa as this alliance is doing a very important job in the region. Building a strong IT base and developing capabilities and skills means creating a strong base for sustainable economic development. But smart digital technologies bring many new risks and threats, and it’s very important to make cybersecurity an integral part of the development process.”
The Smart Africa Manifesto, the foundation of the Smart Africa Alliance initiative, is based on 5 principles: To put ICT at the center of our national socio-economic development agenda; To improve access to ICT especially Broadband; To improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT; To put the Private Sector First; To leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.
Smart Africa works with the private and public sector, to assist in ensuring that there is access to broadband and ICT throughout the continent. Kaspersky will help make the alliance’s vision of increased broadband access successful by providing heightened levels of security education and awareness against cyber threats that abound.
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