Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 22, 2011

State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Chris Painter, will be traveling to Kenya for the East Africa Workshop on Cyberspace Security, to be held in Nairobi July 25 to July 27. Coordinator Painter will be leading the U.S. Interagency Delegation and will provide keynote remarks. Kenyan Minister of Communications, Samuel L. Poghisio, and U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Scott Gration, will also provide keynote remarks.

As the internet, networked systems, and the use of mobile phones expand throughout sub-Saharan Africa, nations are grappling with multiplying cyber threats ranging from transnational crime groups to terrorists. This workshop, a partnership between the U.S. and Kenyan governments, will address broad issues on cyber crime and cyber security while focusing discussions on issues of specific interest to East Africa, such as mobile cellular security and the development of national computer emergency response teams or CERTs.

The conference will be attended by government officials from the five East African Community states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. U.S. and African private sector and academic experts will also contribute their thoughts and insights to the discussion.

PRN: 2011/1226