“They don’t know about it…”

By John Wachira

“They don’t know about it…”

So went the conversation between the two Info Security Engineers who’d met on Facebook. Barely knew each other except the shared interest in matters regarding information security. They’d realized people did not know much about cyber security and the industry lurked in the shadows. Because there was a genuine need to get the word out there, they; Bright and Lewis, decided to start a group. Its original name; TheCON. The inspiration was to emulate hacker conferences that are held around the world. The task ahead, and thus the aim of the group would becreating awareness in the industry while mentoring new professionals into the field.

Everything has a humble beginning; TheCON was no different. Bright and Lewis created a Whatsapp group. Tyrus; a veteran in the information security industry joined in. He brought along other folks in the industry that are security professionals or were interested in it. Later on, the members thought they should expand the scope of the group and thus the name TheCON changed to AfricaHackOn. AfricaHackOn has since grown in numbers, done a lot of exploits and has made lots of friends and partners.

AfricaHackOn is East Africa’s premier technical computer security collective which brings together the individual talents of the best and brightest security professionals in the region.

When I joined AfricaHackOn, I did wonder what set it apart from any other cyber security conference held by whomever. I did get the reason pretty fast. Unlike what you would expect in a traditional conference. AfricaHackOn is hands on. There are live demos for most of the talks held. It’s usually very intriguing to see how hacks are done right in front of your eyes. A learning experience I cannot trade anything for. I occasionally have found myself get amused and wonder, a phone/tablet/computer can do that?

That is why I will be attending this year’s conference held by AfricaHackOn that will be held on the 28th of this month at the Michael Joseph center. To see hacks made by the brightest security professionals in the country. To see how vulnerabilities are exploited and to ultimately get advice how I should protect myself on cyber space.

Thus far, there have been two conferences and each has been an improvement of the other. This year’s conference is simply one of those things you cannot afford to miss. Both corporates and individuals are rushing in to get tickets for the event. If you want to find out how vulnerable you are? This is the place to be. If you want to know how hackers think? Then be our guest. If you want to know how to protect yourself online, you should have your ticket by now. If you don’t, you can start by clicking here to get it.

Find out more about AfricaHackOn by visiting the event website.


(John Wachira is a AfricaHackOn member).

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