In this post we are going to tell you about popular (and what we believe to be worthwhile) cyber security conferences and events that take place in Nigeria each year. Of course, there are dozens of events taking place in Nigeria and this post is very much a ‘work-in-progress’; i.e. meaning that we will be add events to this page over the coming months and years – so don’t be fooled by the original published date of this post! Our understanding is that most cyber conferences in Nigeria take place in the cities of Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Benin City.
This is not a list of ‘upcoming events’, rather, this is a list of regular (typically annual) InfoSec events that take place within Nigeria. We select these Conferences on two criteria: firstly, is the conference reputable?; does it attract professional Cyber Professionals? And, secondly, does the conference take place on a regular basis? If the answer to these two questions is ‘yes’ then it is very likely that we will add the event to this page.
Of course! Please do! All you need to do is submit a form by visiting our main conference directory listing page here. We will happily add your event to all our resources including our weekly email that goes out to thousands of cyber security professionals.
We start our list with a bang and a personal favorite: BSides. We love the idea that BSides, with all its’ awesomeness, shares such solid values and to see those values and its’ culture manifest itself in Lagos is brilliant. If you are living in Lagos, Nigeria and have more than a passing interest in computers, IT, and ‘hacking’ in general, then we’d absolutely encourage you to get yourself down to BSides Lagos. This BSides event typically takes place early January and like all other BSides events it has its’ principles in being an ‘open security conference’.
Usually taking place in April, this event is mostly all about law and order! One very good thing about this event is the sheer scale and depth of speakers and industries that the organizers try to bring together under one roof. You can expect to meet professionals working in Financial Institutions, Telecommunications, Nigerian (and other African) Government Ministries, Law Enforcement Agencies, Departments, Academia, Military and NGOs with a “perspective to share cyber security best practice and help Nigeria to battle Cyber Threats and control Cyber Crime’ (quote from the organizers!).
Taking place in July (but check that date; it might change), this annual is a veteran event that looks at how to achieve cybersecurity whilst advancing sustainable development. This event is organized by the Nigeria Computer Society.
Also taking place in July, this goal of this event is somewhat similar to the ‘Information Technology for National Safety and Security’ in that the organizers intend the community in attendance to discuss the “critical issues of cybersecurity, identity management, electronic fraud, online security etc and its attendant effects on socio-economic development plans for Nigeria and the continent in general”.
This seems to be a real classic cyber security conference. ‘Insight’ is organized by Wanostar which is a non- profit Cyber Security event outfit dedicated to Information Security Training, Training and Awareness (SETA), Research, and Cyber Forensics.
This annual event takes place in November. The purpose of the CyberXchange Conference is to draw attention on the latest cyber technology (and indeed all tech) that affects the way that business is done in West Africa. This conference lasts for two days and includes programming and talks of the latest and greatest Cyber Security principles and practices.
Although not strictly an exclusive ‘cyber security event’, this annual event (which takes place in December) is designed for individuals who wish to exhibit their research tech projects. We don’t know too much this event but it certainly sounds very high-brow and academic.
Taking place in October, this annual event is organized by the NISEC Defence and Homeland Security Africa. You can expect to meet government employees, cybersecurity industry experts and professionals, manufacturers and vendors of various defence products and services from across Africa (not just in Nigeria). Discussions revolve around fixing security issues confronting the African Continent.
Taking place in November, e-Nigeria is an annual information Technology (IT) summit that is organized by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), which brings together relevant stakeholders from the private, public, non-governmental sectors and the international IT community. This event aims to create a platform for ICT awareness creation, and (according to the organziers) “…developing the appropriate framework and setting goals for best practices to position Nigeria in the global information society…”
Happening in December is the NIF Conference. This event, although not strictly speaking a pure-cyber conference, shares technological research in which opinion leaders discuss their research on emerging technologies and technologies that can be of immediate relevance and advantage to Nigerians. The goal of this event, according to the organizers, is to explore how best to apply emerging technologies as solutions for issues specific to Nigeria and West Africans.