The aim of this webinar is to create awareness for stakeholders in the business community on the need to be more proactive and identify different solutions to maintaining continuity of business operations in the face of increasing cybersecurity challenges.

Date: Thu, 4th November 2021
Time: 4pm GMT
Moderator: Edem Glymin

This event is open to all.

Topic Brief

The need to manage cyber risk and build cyber resilient organizations has grown significantly over the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Enterprises today are facing massive challenges to business and cybersecurity operations caused by the rapid pace of digital transformation and the shift to a remote workforce. Rapidly deployed remote access networks, almost overnight during the pandemic, coupled with the ever-widening attack surface have exposed vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited by cybercriminals. It has become imperative that organizations must rethink their operating models in these unprecedented times. Business leaders and boards of directors are now expected to play much bigger roles in ensuring the continuity of business operations amidst a global recession and against any further disruptions caused by pandemic driven cyber-attack events. Other external driving factors including the widening cyber skills gap, a slowing global economy and shrinking organization’s IT budget further exacerbate this problem today. The threat from cyber-attacks in the current global pandemic environment will force businesses to look at lowering operating costs and building greater business resilience to stay competitive and ultimately in business. Ransomware for example has made a significant comeback for cybercriminal gangs, driven by increasing rates of successful ransom payments. For businesses, it is not just ransomware payments that impact the bottom line. Reputational damage, customer distrust and costs of downtime make it hard for businesses to fully recover. Operational resilience represents an organization’s ability to detect, prevent, respond to, and recover from operational and technological failures that may impact delivery of critical business and economic functions or underlying business services. The need for business organizations to develop and improve response capabilities against such disruptions has never been more critical than in the current environment of hostile cyber-attacks and large-scale technological changes. Joins us as we unpack these challenges with our panelists to help bring these issues to the forefront and provide context for our audience to navigate this complex terrain.

Meet our Panelists

Who Are our Panelist


Harrison Nnaji


Harrison Nnaji is an accomplished Data and Information Security Strategist & Practitioner with 15+ years of solid experience in the conception, engineering, design, delivery, operation and optimization of Cyber, Data & Information Security Capabilities, Risk Management, Networking, IT Operations & Project Management.
He has a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from FUTO, Owerri; Masters in Project Management from University of Lagos, Masters in Security Management from University of Portsmouth, UK, MPhil in Management, and over 30 industry-rated certifications including CCISO, CISSP, CISM, CCSP, MoR, TOGAF9, CEH, ISO 20000 Implementer.
He is currently the Group Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO) for FirstBank Group where he oversees the evaluation, design, implementation, and operation of effective processes and technology-driven solutions to monitor, detect, prevent, and respond to threats to data and information assets of the Bank.
Prior to that, he had held both operational, tactical and strategic roles in Banking, Telecommunications, IT Equipment Distribution, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Service Integration industries.
He is also the Vice Chairman – Committee of CISOs for DMBs (Deposit Money Banks) & PSPs (Payment Service Providers)
& Country Director – ISC2 Nigeria Chapter

Mrs. Kosi Antwiwaa Yankey-Ayeh is the first person to head the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) (formerly National Board for Small Scale Industries-NBSSI) where she was the first female Executive Director. GEA is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Ghana mandated to strengthen and grow Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). She also serves as an Advisor on the Ministry of Finance’s Advisory Committee and is a Board Member of the Accra Digital Centre, as well as tech member for various economic committees.

Mrs. Yankey-Ayeh graduated from Harvard University, USA, with a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government where she received the 2016 excellence award for academic distinction and distinguished contribution to the Edward S. Mason Program.


Over the years, Kosi has founded and led the strategic development and growth of various projects for both international and local partners, some of which have gone global. In the past Seven years, she has raised and managed over US$300million and developed different entrepreneurial programs to support entrepreneurs, job creation and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Ghana.
She received her BA in Government from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA, she has a certificate in Market Access for Sustainable Development from Wageningen University, Netherlands and holds a certificate from a two-year program on acceleration and entrepreneurship from Massachusetts Institute of Tech.


Alex Smith



Michael Kwofie


Currently the Group Chief Information Security Risk Officer for Equity Bank Group headquartered in Kenya where he provides independent oversight, guidance and assurance of first line information and cyber security risk management strategy. Prior to joining Equity Bank, he held both CISO and CISRO roles at different times in Standard Chartered Bank covering Western and Southern Africa.


Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, he served in roles such as Head of Group Cyber Security Operations Centre, Group Business Information Security Officer and Head of Information Security Administration in the Technology and Information Security Divisions of the Ecobank Group covering the 36 markets in Africa, France, UK, and Middle East where the banking group had presence.


He had also previously worked in Societe Generale in Ghana as the Bank’s Information Security Officer.


He is also the immediate past secretary to the CIO & CISO forum of the Ghana Association of Bankers where he led the successful reviews on approaches that member banks could adopt to achieve critical aspects of the cyber security directive.


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