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Security Symposium Tackles Cyber Terrorism

The global war on terror is expected to widen for most countries and will consider the futuristic threats manifesting in form of cyber terrorism.

At the ongoing three-day security symposium, Maj.Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita has observed that cyber space is the new norm while cyber space is the future.

“We as defence and security professionals, we need to invest in the understanding of cyber warfare. Cyber criminality is real, cyber terrorism is part and parcel of the threat of terrorism,” he said.

He was presenting in a session led by Russian cyber security expert Eugene Kaspersky – the panelists had a conversation on Cyber Terrorism and how it poses a threat to national Security.

“We receive over 350,000 Cyber-attacks a day,” Kaspersky revealed to the symposium.

In his submission, Col. Andrew Nyamvumba highlighted the existing opportunities associated with cyber industry and cyber security despite the threats.

“Job advertisements for cyber security alone in 2016 grew at 57%. For Africa, it is the right and appropriate time to invest in this education,” he said.

This symposium has also tackled strategies of dealing with youth unemployment and loopholes in intra-continental trading and governance.

Mukhisa Kituyi Secretary-General of UNCTAD told the Symposium that when a country gives better conditions for investment to foreigners than locals, the locals register companies  abroad and return home as foreign investors.

“Best way to encourage foreign investors is to create good conditions for domestic investors,”Kituyi argued.

The UN agency on trade and Development (UNCTAD) aims at promoting development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.

“It’s not true that only trade integrates people. Migration has been integrating our people,” Kituyi said.

Rosemary Mbabazi Rwanda’s Minister of Youth argues that unemployment is a global issue and not merely a national or continental issue.

She explains that the population is growing and the resources are limited; “We have to find other mechanisms of ensuring we get opportunities out of these scarce resources.”

Africa’s population is projected to grow to 2 billion by 2050, and making Africa the youngest workforce continent. Africa is projected to be home of over 50% of the world’s youth by the end of this century.

For Usta Kaitesi the Acting CEO of Rwanda Governance Board who was also among the panelists observed that Youth need to be given the opportunity to feel that they are participants of development.

“If resources are not fairly distributed, the youth will find alternatives. Alternatives will be whoever offers,” She said.

Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College (RDFCSC) considers this symposium as a medium through which subject matter experts, re-known academics, security practitioners and policy makers can discuss variant approaches to finding plausible solutions to security challenges.

Organised in conjunction with Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College and University of Rwanda (UR), participants include RDFCSC students, the Faculty and Staff, alumni, high profile government and international officials, selected RDF Generals and Senior officers as well as accredited national and external academics with vast experience.

The discussions at the symposium are considered to enrich participants’ understanding of continental and global security issues.

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