Forefront Roundtable: Cloudflare

Ilyas Esmail
February 26, 2024
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Last week in Luanda, Angola, Forefront, a leading cybersecurity managed services provider, marked a significant milestone in the journey towards a secure digital future for Africa. In an enlightening event held in partnership with Cloudflare, the global giant in web security and performance, we delved into critical discussions that underscored the pivotal role of data protection and infrastructure security in today's digital age. The theme, "Data: The New Oil," resonated through the event, echoing the immense value and vulnerability of data in the digital ecosystem.

The event brought together experts, enthusiasts, and stakeholders across the cybersecurity landscape, focusing on the profound implications of safeguarding our digital frontiers. Graham Turnbull, Cloudflare’s director for Sub-Saharan Africa, along with Ilyas Esmail, CEO of Forefront, took to the floor to discuss important topics, including how Cloudflare's expertise in protecting infrastructures at the edge is critical to shield the African continent from escalating cyber threats.

One of the focal points of the event was the analysis of the Anonymous Sudan cyber-attacks that have plagued Eastern Africa over the last six months. This case study served as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape and the imperative need for robust security measures to preempt and mitigate such risks, especially as Angola is ranked in 2nd place for the largest number of cyber attacks in 2023.

Cloudflare's collaboration with Forefront underscored the synergy between leading-edge technology and expert managed services, showcasing how this partnership is instrumental in fortifying digital assets against the sophisticated cyber threats of today. The dialogue emphasized the importance of extending protection to the very edge of the internet, preventing attacks from reaching the African continent and ensuring the integrity and resilience of critical infrastructure.

The interactive Q&A session that concluded the event opened the floor to a diverse array of questions, particularly focusing on the public vs. private sector's cybersecurity readiness. This discussion was a testament to the growing awareness and concern regarding cybersecurity across all sectors, highlighting the need for a collaborative approach to secure the digital landscape.

Key takeaways from the event included:

  • The recognition of data as a critical asset that necessitates stringent protection measures.
  • The essential role of cutting-edge solutions like those offered by Cloudflare in defending against cyber threats at the edge.
  • The urgency of addressing the cybersecurity readiness gap between the public and private sectors.
As with every Forefront event, our attendees had the opportunity to continue networking over lunch.

Forefront, with its strategic partnerships with industry leaders like Cloudflare, Yubico, and IBM, is at the forefront of driving cybersecurity excellence. Our commitment to enhancing the digital security posture of businesses in Portugal, Angola, and beyond remains unwavering.

The Luanda event is just the beginning of a series of initiatives aimed at fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness and resilience. By sharing knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions, we are paving the way for a safer digital future for Africa and the world.

Stay tuned for more updates on our journey towards securing the digital horizon, and join us in our mission to protect the most valuable asset of the 21st century: data.

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Ilyas Esmail

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