Chris Painter, coordinator for cyber issues for the U.S. State Department, announced he is to appear this week as a keynote speaker at the East Africa Workshop on Cyberspace Security in Kenya.
The workshop, which includes discussions led by government, academic and private-sector experts, will address cyber crime and cybersecurity issues and focus on cellphone security and the development of national computer emergency response teams. Painter will be leading the U.S. interagency delegation.
“Cyberspace security is a foreign policy priority for the United States,” Painter recently wrote. “As Secretary Clinton mentioned at the recent release of President Obama’s International Strategy for Cyberspace, the Internet is a global network, and we believe that each country must have the means to protect its digital infrastructure.”
“In addition, the United States seeks to build close partnerships with countries who share the goal of open, interoperable, secure, and reliable networks,” he added.
According to Painter, the increase in connectivity in East Africa enables innovation and economic development, but brings significant challenges. It is important, he believes, that countries work together on this global concern.
“I’m pleased that mobile cellular security and mobile money transactions are key pieces of our event’s agenda,” he said. “African citizens and companies have been at the forefront of some amazing wireless applications, and it is terrific that these topics are part of the conversation.”