Innovative options for building a smart Zambia dominate, as digital experts discuss cyber security trends


Experts in digital technology have gathered at the BCX Zambia Transform Summit to identify how the latest trends in cyber security can assist businesses in collaborating towards a smart Zambia.

These latest trends include technology infrastructure for cloud and the innovations in cyber security.

Digital technologies, as you know, continue to be a primary catalyst for change in the world, says BCX Chief Marketing Officer, Mandiso Ntloko-Petersen, at the summit in Lusaka on Thursday.

Ntloko-Petersen said technologies such as enhanced mobile communications, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things, and cloud, were changing the industries at dizzy speeds.

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She said that these technological advances provided businesses, governments, and social institutions with greater possibilities to lift productivity and effectiveness.

Ntloko-Petersen further said the advances also provided better service offerings to clients, and to contribute to broader societies through enhanced service delivery.

“We have embarked on this event to celebrate the relationships we have built with you as businesses and institutions in Zambia for the past 22 years and to bring together an inspiring line-up of leaders who will share their knowledge and insights on Digital Transformation, focusing specifically on the hot topics of Cloud and Security,” she said.

She pointed out that Zambia was already making major headway having initiated its Digital Transformation Strategy and its vision for a Smart Zambia, which is “aimed at embracing a transformational digital culture.”

At the same function, Grant Thornton Director of Cybersecurity, Kundawashe Charandura, emphasised the need for companies to put in place cybersecurity measures for their operations.

Charandura said the goal for this was to ensure business resumed operations immediately with minimal impact while making it sustainable.

“This will prevent the attack from escalating. Businesses should have a robust cyber resilient strategy to enable them to remain in business continuity should an attack happen,” he said.

He also said emerging trend and technologies increased in connectivity and attacked vectors.

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He projected that soon digital platforms would account for nearly 60 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Charandura emphasised that digitalisation also made it difficult for corruption to be practiced.

“Digitalisation is at the forefront in fighting corruption,” he said.

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