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MalWaria outbreak in Africa - the fierce urgency of now

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  • 1. MalWaria outbreak in Africa - the fierce urgency of now by Aireni Omerri CISA CISSP MSc Founder, ISfA infosecafrica@gmail.com ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 2. Career to date• Royal Holloway 2001-2002, CISSP 2002• ISSA-UK member since March 2003• Worked on 3 continents; Africa, America and Europe ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 3. Agenda• Context• UNDHR• Team Cymru• ISfA ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 4. The fierce urgency of now ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 5. Article 31Internet access is afundamental human right Agree Disagree Don’t be ridiculous ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 6. Africa• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 7. Digital scramble• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 8. Team Cymru• dedicated to making the Internet more secure• research the ‘who’ and ‘why’ of malicious activity• advise governments and law enforcement agencies around the world• www.team-cymru.org• contact outreach@cymru.com ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 9. African bot distribution• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 10. Bot distribution contd•• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 11. Statistical breakdown• November 2009 - countries with the highest number of infected computers; Egypt - 42,000, Algeria - 20,000, Nigeria - 11,000, Morocco - 8,000• Apart from SA (4,000), the rest of the continent has virtually no infected machines• February 2010 - Egypt’s number of infected computers had increased by 20%• whitepaper - www.team-cymru.org ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 12. It’s all about change"Change will not come if WE wait forsome other person or some other time.WE are the ones weve been waiting for.WE are the change that WE seek" Senator Barack Obama, 5 Feb 2008 ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 13. ISfA• Obama was the inspiration, OWASP the aspiration• dedicated to the advancement and development of information security on the African continent• closed LinkedIn group - 105 members, 35 in Africa• management team made up of 4 ISG RHUL alumni; 2 in Nigeria, 2 in the UK ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 14. Logo• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 15. ISfA roadmap• register as a not-for-profit• website (currently in beta)• initiatives such as infosec awareness for the continent’s 11-18 year olds• establish partnerships with like minded individuals/organisations• become the knowledge resource for infosec best practice ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 16. LastlyThe best time to plant a tree is twenty yearsago.The second best time is now. African proverb ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010
  • 17. Background reading• ISSA-UK Security Day, 8 July 2010