Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ISACA’s First Africa CACS Conference Features Technology Entrepreneur Mark Kaigwa

Kaigwa will examine cybersecurity and “The Right Kind of African IT Arms Race”

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - Tuesday, July 26th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As a global leader in mobile money, Kenya has more than 17 million 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 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, assurance, risk, cybersecurity and governance professionals from around the world to discuss solutions and strategies, 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,” said Kaigwa. “This conference 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 the founder of Nendo, a Nairobi-based consultancy delivering solutions in research, training and strategy across Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 keynote 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, compliance/privacy.

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 CPE hours for attending the conference. Additional details, registration and venue information can be found at


ISACA® ( helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.


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