ATI-3: AfricaCERT Workshop on CSIRTs in NRENs

Salle NCRI (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Salle NCRI

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Université de Ouaga 1
Jacques Houngbo (AfricaCERT), Omo Oaiya (WACREN)

1-day workshop to promote establishment of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) co-located with the 3rd WACREN regional workshop - Building resilient DNS Infrastructure and Introduction to DNSSEC

About the facilitator

AfricaCERT is the African forum of computer  emergency response teams who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promotes incident prevention programs.  The workshop is organised with WACREN as a program of the Africa Training Initiative (ATI) to establish the frameworks and build capacity to secure African NRENs.

Target Audience

Information/Security officers, Network/System admins or other persons responsible for security in campus networks and NRENs.  

What will participants get out of the workshop?

  • Better understanding of Internet threats and the need for an effective way to balance academic research and educational missions with the need for computer security.
  • Answers to questions about network situational awareness and incident handling in campus networks and the relationship with NREN and national CSIRTs 
  • Design and implementation plans for campus and NREN security teams
  • Connections among Research and Education network security communities towards establishment of a secure communication platform.

Fees and Registration

This workshop is free of charge, but requires registration.  The number of places is however limited and the organisers reserve the right to select participants amongst the applicants.

    • 09:00 10:30

      Participant introductions, backgrounds and expectations
      Overview of common Internet security threats
      Complexity of information security problems
      CSIRTs, global response to globalization of threats

    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 12:30
      CSIRTs in NRENs (I)

      CSIRT Functions, Services and Benefits
      Steps for creating NREN CSIRTs
      Activity: Role play - CSIRT development working groups

    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 14:00 15:30
      CSIRTs in NRENs (II)

      CSIRT presentations from group representatives
      Role for CSIRTs in Trust and Identity Management

    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 17:30
      Wrap up and next steps

      Critical success factors
      Law enforcement
      Practical information