The Speaker of the National Assembly and Chancellor of NUST, Hon Dr Peter Katjavivi, officially opened the event that sought to create awareness of the current situation, implications and the roles of different stakeholders regarding Cyber Security in the country. Participants were welcomed by Hon Faustina Caley, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT and Innovation.
The sessions commenced with a keynote address delivered via video, by Dr Amelia Phillips from Highline College in the USA who gave a global perspective on Cyber Security.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, gave an overview of Namibia’s ICT sector.
Additionally, Dr Anicia Peters, the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, delivered a statement on behalf of Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor. Tjivikua challenged the participants to question themselves why so many loopholes exist in Namibia’s Cyber Security systems.
Several local institutions such as KPMG, First National Bank, Office of the First Lady, Cornerstone, and Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture took part in the event. A panel discussed the topic of “How to create Cyber Security laws at the same speed as technological advances.” The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Hon Dr Zephania Kameeta, closed the event.