Press Release: Zim to host inaugural Cloud Computing & Info Security Conference

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ccisc2013This July the inaugural CCISC 2013 comes to Harare, Zimbabwe! The three-day convention, the very first of its kind, will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), at the Rainbow Towers Hotel.

CCISC 2013 is an open and intellectual convention where issues to do with cloud computing, in its various forms and information security are going to be presented, analyzed and discussed by experts and industry thinkers alike. This platform will allow for the both the delivery and sharing of key technological and innovative developments within these two areas of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa.

African enterprises including telecommunications, cloud and information security service providers and consultancy firms, as well as invested vendors will come together over the intensive three day convention designed to address thematic agenda in the pertinent areas. The following mainstream topics, among others, will be addressed and discussed:

  • Business transformation through the cloud
  • African’s readiness in the uptake and adoption of cloud technology
  • Current and projected trends in information security and implications for business continuity planning
  • Integrating information security with world class physical security

More than 25 named experts from six different countries will deliver keynote addresses at the event; these include Michael Mbuthia, the Chief Information Security Officer at the Co-Operative Bank of Kenya, Kim Anderson, an expert in Cloud Enablement at CXO Advisor in South Africa, Beza Belayneh, a High Level IT & Information Security Consultant, Craig Rosewarne who is the Managing Director for Wolfpack Risk and Richard Maulana, Manager Director or Devoted Business Solutions, the cloud services division of Twenty Third Century Systems, Zimbabwe’s SAP Giant.

Attendees will benefit immensely from the valuable presentations, exchanges and discussions, question and answer sessions, networking sessions and exhibitions which will be highly characteristic throughout the length of CCISC 2013. ICT progresses as one of the fastest developing industries across Africa and as such, CCISC 2013 brings under focus the two main areas of cloud computing and information security as the direction in which Africa, as with the rest of the world, is going. CCISC 2013 raises critical issues to do with the expansive development and adoption of cloud computing technology and the security issues surrounding data integrity and safety.

More than 400 attendees are expected to take part in the CCISC Africa 2013. Every organization, big and small, relying on the limitless power of information technology for competitive business performance and social development in a world going more digital by the day is invited to attend this event and participate in this unique learning and networking opportunity. Small opportunities are still open for organisations who might want to take part in the CCISC AFRICA 2013 Conference through exhibiting or sponsorship. Please contact below.

CCISC 2013 is proudly brought to you by Events Worldwide. For more information on how to register, exhibit or partner visit the official event website at


Tel:        +27 11 051 5889
+ 27 79 784 4656
+27 83 499 4460

Twitter: @ccisc2013


  1. Time

    Sounds like a promising event but events like these are usually priced a tad out of reach for us non company sponsored individuals…so hoping that wont be so…

    1. Farai Sairai

      I think Zimbabwe is generally expensive to hoist these events. Besides it being a profitable event, most organisers hide behind costs/expenses to sell the tickets at exorbitant prices.

      1. Farai Sairai

        ok $782. I went to the Cloud Computing Event in Johannesburg in May last year and it was free for those who registered early. Of course I will not equate to this one but $782 (about R7800!) sounds steep to me. I think this is for the big guns not the fans.

        1. Time

          Wow $782!…I certainley hope they’ll have a generous goodie bag!…I remember going to a similar type of event last year right here in Harare and it cost $800 though we did get “free” ipad 2’s so it was kinda worth it ontop of the lessons learned.

  2. Farai Sairai

    Long overdue but great that Zim coming to the cloud table. But here in SA,cloud computing is still being shunned many corporate companies. Too many question marks over implementation, costs, availability, security, privacy among other things. Good that such events happening, maybe preparing for the future but doubt anyone will “ship” their business to the cloud anytime soon.

  3. Greg Kawere

    cloud computing is way overated, in the case of 3rd world countries like zimbabwe its a case of putting the cart before the horse. we need telecommunications infrastructure, we need more local content, we need more local tech ecosystems, we need more ict literacy, we need more loclal developers & less of these talk shops of things that dont apply to our conditions. yah we can celebrate it in terms of brand zimbabwe but other than that dumb squeed.

    1. P4TR10T

      You were thinking excatly the same way I was thinking.We’re getting ahead of ourselves amana. Zimbabwe is not ready for the cloud, even on corporate level. FIX THE INTERNET SITUATION FIRST

      1. Farai Sairai

        I believe these days a country only develops if the telecom system works well. US is built on good telecoms infrastructure. Problem with Zimbabwe is that people still believe ripping off customers is the best way to make money. Econet justifies it’s high prices to investment in their network. Fair enough but the prices tell a different story. To me $98 (about R980) for 1GB is way too much to pay for mobile data.

  4. LoveJ

    exciting in terms of technology coming to zim. But as for readiness…not so sure. It doesn’t look like we will be moving office data to the cloud anytime soon, in terms of business. Internet speeds still pathetic for a lot of companies, that’s if they have access at all.

  5. ZimFollower

    Interesting platform for knowledge sharing. Unfortunately we (Zim) wont be adapting the cloud soon. LoveJ and Greg you are absolutely correct. Implementation of the Cloud requires alwayson high speed (and cheap) internet access. But its great that such conference will probably highlight the potential of the Cloud in Zim and Africa in general…

    1. Farai Sairai

      Too bad the event did not include telecom speakers from Econet, ZOL, Liquid, PowerTel, etc to give attendees an insight into the issues they face in the industry.

      1. ZimFollower

        Very True Farai, It makes perfect sense for these main industry players to give us the insight on these issues

  6. Cloud Lover

    i heard they have reduced their prices to about 320 if im not mistaken.

  7. Hacktivist Jones

    i just went through the brochure and the topics on there are very insightful. yes cloud and zim might seem not compatible at the moment but in actual fact it is a great addition to corporate structures especially interms of cutting costs. this conference is a great stepping stone for corporates, even better now that the prices have been reduced to 320! lets not over look the second part of the conference hey, the security aspect of it. just the other week Heralds site was hacked into and its such a shame that corporates that deal with some crucial data gets hacked into, its just not plausible! interms of telecomms, the brochure has highlighted topics especially for setting up telecomms infrastructures. i personally think its a brilliant conference for zimbabwe. pioneering companies will understand the worth of this no doubt!

    1. fiend

      And there’s the recently exposed PRISM which targets the cloud. If the cloud services are locally hosted, its fine then though it means one point of failure. I am yet to meat an IT pro who will take that risk of having data hosted by a third party.

  8. MI5

    I hope that something like this comes along for free……

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