IT security in focus in Tanzania this week
SECURITY| April 23, 2012, 10:29 a.m.
By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tanzania will host the International Information Computing Technology Security Conference on 27th April this year in Dar es Salaam. The conference will address the risks of using mobile devices for personal, corporate and mobile banking applications.
The aim of Conference is to gather industry stakeholders, International Service Providers, and the financial and telecommunication public regulators to understand the challenges which face in securing mobile money and mobile banking services.
Another aim will be to raise awareness in the area of information security, highlighting the current attack methods and major risks faced by any organization which uses Information Technology as a business enabler and/or to deliver key services.
The conference will be the first and most prominent Information Security Conference on mobile money and mobile banking held in Dar es Salaam to date. Also the conference will gather the best of breed research conducted on mobile security internationally in order to create awareness among public regulators and industry players.
The Summit will gather policy regulators and private players under the umbrella of Tanzania Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in order to initiate a discussion regarding the mobile money and mobile banking security issues that will have to be addressed by industry stakeholders.
TCRA will be able to share Vision and activities that will contribute to build the Tanzania Road-Map for 2012. In particular, the authority will share progress made in the design of the first Tanzanian CIRT.
Tanzania is one of the fastest growing mobile money African markets. Mobile banking and mobile payments solutions are reaching an impressive number of users who intend to benefit from the advantages offered by the branchless banking and mobile money.
Banks and network operators are working together to offer mobile money solutions to an ever more demanding consumer market. In Tanzania the mobile payment service market is regulated by the Bank of Tanzania and TCRA respectively for the financial transactions and the mobile network operations.
As new mobile payments solutions flourish to offer added value to million of consumers, very little seems be known about the Information Security Issues surrounding the technologies adopted.
The Conference will be held in Doubletreeby Hilton Dar es Salaam Oysterbay hotel.
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