Hackers see the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to strike. Whether using COVID-themed phishing schemes, knowing that people are hungry for information, or by brute force attacks on networks where they know the IT staff are thin or working remotely, and those who are at work are distracted by the demand of thousands of remote workers on the network, there is a spike in cybersecurity attacks worldwide. How can operators and regulators work together to defend networks and consumers while maintaining all-important services? Regulators and policy makers discussed their decisions and initiatives taken in response to the pandemic against a backdrop of consumer protection and universal access to essential information and services.
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Mr Gow is a Member of the Executive Board of DIGITAL EUROPE and the Chair of DIGITAL EUROPE’s Privacy and Security Group. DIGITAL EUROPE is the main European industry association for tech manufacturers in Brussels.
Prior to Cisco, Mr Gow was responsible for campaign strategies and digital economy policy work at EICTA (now DIGITAL EUROPE). He has been in Brussels since 2003, initially as an Assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, working on internal market and legal affairs issues.
Mr Gow studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Fiona Taylor leads Verizon’s International Public Policy function with a team located across three continents. She is in charge of defining the company’s public policy strategy across Verizon’s international footprint, advising cross functional teams on policy issues affecting the business and the company’s global strategy.
Verizon and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading providers of communications, entertainment, information technology and security solutions, with annual revenues in 2019 of $130 billion. Outside of the US, Verizon also serves large business and government customers, including 99% of the Fortune 1000, covering over 150 countries worldwide.
Ms Taylor has also headed Verizon’s EU representation in Brussels since October 2010. She represents the company before international policy-makers including EU institutions and in different organisations such as the European Internet Forum (EIF), ETNO, etc., and has served as Vice-chair of the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AMCHAM EU).
Prior to joining Verizon, Ms Taylor worked with the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), where she led the public policy function. Her responsibilities included the overall strategic positioning and advocacy of the association focusing on the impact of Internet-related policy and regulation on the member companies.
Kenneth Adu-Amanfoh is the Executive Director of Africa Cybersecurity & Digital Rights Organisation (ACDRO). Kenneth is an Information Technology and Cybersecurity executive with over 22 years’ experience in ICT & Digital policy, regulations and governance; Internet governance; Cybersecurity; Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Rights.
An insightful and experienced international speaker and trainer on ICT, Digital Policy and Cybersecurity. He is a strong advocate on issues around human rights online, privacy and freedom of expression, network shutdowns, and digital divide.
Prior to joining ACDRO, Kenneth worked with the National Communications Authority of Ghana (Telecommunications Regulator) as the Director of IT and Cybersecurity. He is the former National Cybersecurity Coordinator, who spearheaded the development and implementation of Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Policy & Strategy, and focal lead for the Ghana-US Security Governance Initiative. Kenneth worked with the New York City Department of Investigation (NYCDOI) as the Information Security Manager.
Kenneth has provided expert advisory services to governments on Cybersecurity and ICT policy within the African Region. He is an advocate in promoting digital rights, digital inclusion, human rights online and engaging governments in bridging the digital divide.
Kenneth holds an MSc. Degree in Management Information Systems from the Kean University, NJ, USA and is a member of ITU Study Group 17 (Security), ITU Study Group 13 (Future Networks), Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), Global IGF, ISOC.
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Alee Fa’amoe is the Deputy CEO and Executive Director ICT for OfReg, the newly formed (January 2017) converged utilities regulator overseeing ICT, fuels, electricity, and water industries in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Fa’amoe has a broad background in technology, operations, and management and has spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working as an industry expert on telephone numbering and network operations. He spent several years at Deloitte Cayman as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for HR, marketing, IT, operations, and finance departments. He also served as a subject matter expert on client consulting engagements, and worked with Deloitte offices in several Caribbean locations with operational matters.
Mr Fa’amoe spent some time as an independent consultant, and was appointed Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in 2013, which has since become part of OfReg.
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