Check Point Software, a leading cybersecurity company, took center stage at the recent Africa CEO Forum in Côte d’Ivoire.
As the only security vendor present, Check Point had a unique opportunity to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity to business leaders from across the continent.
In a world marked by economic uncertainties, political instability, and a surge in cybercrime, CEOs from Africa gathered at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan to discuss the role of the private sector in overcoming these challenges and promoting development.
While Check Point typically attends IT/tech-focused conferences, the company recognized the need to extend its presence to more general business events.
Cybersecurity has become a critical topic of discussion in boardrooms of businesses of all sizes and industries, and Check Point aims to position itself as a trusted advisor and thought leader.
The significance of cybersecurity was underscored by the alarming data presented at the forum. Although there was only a marginal increase in global cyber attacks in the first quarter of 2023, African organizations experienced the highest number of attacks per organization, with an average of 1,983 attacks per week.
This highlights the urgent need for enhanced cybersecurity measures to protect businesses and individuals across the continent.
By participating in the forum, Check Point seized the opportunity to present the business case for cybersecurity and highlight the risks associated with ignoring the threat of cybercrime.
CEOs, who are responsible for mitigating risks, are key influencers in driving cybersecurity up the business agenda. The event provided an ideal platform for Check Point to engage with CEOs and promote the importance of cybersecurity as an integral part of broader business strategy.
One of the salient themes discussed at the Africa CEO Forum was skills development. The cybersecurity industry is facing a significant talent shortage, with a global shortfall of approximately 3.4 million professionals.
In Africa alone, the cybersecurity workforce gap stands at around 800,000. While CEOs acknowledge the severity of cyber threats, there is a prevailing misconception that cyber criminals predominantly target large organizations, leaving smaller businesses and individuals relatively unscathed. T
o dispel this notion and improve cybersecurity awareness, one speaker highlighted the importance of simplifying enterprise operations and integrating cybersecurity into overall business strategies.
During the event, fruitful conversations took place regarding practical steps and collaborative efforts to tackle cybersecurity threats.
Check Point participated in a panel discussion on skills development and fostered connections with educational institutions, including Strathmore University in Kenya, Lagos Business School, and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco.
These engagements aimed to explore partnerships and incorporate cybersecurity training into the curricula, ensuring that future professionals have the necessary skills to safeguard Africa’s participation in the global digital economy.
In conclusion, Check Point’s presence at the Africa CEO Forum enabled the company to champion the cause of cybersecurity in Africa, engaging with influential CEOs and stressing the importance of proactive measures to mitigate cyber risks.
Through collaboration, partnerships, and skills development, Check Point seeks to equip Africa with the requisite expertise to navigate the evolving digital landscape securely and contribute to the continent’s resilience and shared competitiveness.