Stéphane Konan is a former advisor at the Ministry of Defense in Côte d’Ivoire. He is an expert in information and communication technologies, specifically a specialist in cybersecurity, cyberdefense and the fight against cybercrime. He has extensive experience in both government projects and the private sector. Before his current role, he held the position of Advisor (IT and Cyber Defense) to the Ministry of Defense. He was the historical Director of the Computer and Technological Traces Directorate (DITT) at the Ministry of Interior and Security.
He has built up a natural pool of expertise, thanks to missions carried out with civilians, police officers and army officers who have conducted all the investigations on cybercrime, forensic analysis, and filtering of individuals and organisations for national security. His expert status and his excellent knowledge of the entire ecosystem, including governmental bodies, private actors, and international organisations of reference in the field, have enabled him to be the architect of strong partnerships between the community of law enforcement forces of Côte d’Ivoire and the international intelligence community, notably with the FBI, the Korean Cyber Terrorism Response Unit (South Korea), the French Ministry of Defense, and Interpol.
He has international experience managing national security and intelligence operations and is a regular speaker at national security conferences such as U.S. Africa Command, Interpol, Afrinic, and various other organisations. In addition, he founded SHIELD AFRICA, the leading exhibition on homeland security and defence on the African continent. He also initiated the INTELCONF Technical Workshop, an event for the African intelligence community on applied security technology issues.