By Dipo Olowookere For two days, cyber security experts gathered at the 2016 CyberXchange Conference held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. During the programme, which took place on November 2 and 3, information security professionals shared ideas on the essential security trends that will enhance protection of company and clients\u2019 most valuable assets. In the cyberspace today, threats posed by hackers have given experts sleepless nights. The 2016 CyberXchange Conference featured keynotes sessions, exhibitions and workshops, where current cyber security trends and practical solutions were examined by global industry leaders in technology, IT audit, IT risk, cyber security professionals in finance\/banking, e-commerce, digital media, telecommunications, oil & gas and government. Speaking at the event, Facebook CISO, Mr Alex Stamos, stated that, \u201cIt was inspiring to see the energy at CyberXchange focused on developing security talent and finding solutions to security problems that companies and governments face. \u201cI particularly enjoyed the hackathon that brought talented students together to design prototypes and build community with others who share a passion for cyber security.\u201d Reiterating the need for organizations to prepare regulations for when risks will arise, Dr David Isiavwe, President of Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISAAN) stated that, \u201cOrganizations, boards and CEOs need to be proactive in dealing with cybercrime.\u201d The conference agenda focused on carefully selected topics such as Business Continuity Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Innovating Digital Security for Financial Institutions, Cybersecurity for Oil and Gas Industry, Secure Coding: Proactive Application Development, Threat Exchange, Building an Airtight DOS Mitigation, Ethical Hacking and Offensive Security Techniques, Advanced Biometric Systems, Malware and Phishing Prevention Techniques and more. CyberXchange Conference 2016 highlights included practical ready-to-use training for IT security professionals and a unique Master-class for chief executives to get a handle on cyber security at their organizations as well as a Facebook-sponsored CyberXchange Hackathon session, which aimed at developing the capacity of budding information security professionals. The winning team went home with a cash prize of N700,000. Organizations represented at the CyberXchange Conference 2016 were IBM, Interswitch, Ernst & Young, UBER, Belverdere, PAGA, Digital Encode, Central Bank of Nigeria, Vasco, Assesco, Oxford Business Group, Liberia Telecommunications Authority, ISN Solutions, Facebook, RSA Security, Co-Creation Hub, DeltaGRiC Consulting, ERPScan, Vmware, Imperva Incapsula, Rack Centre Limited, Deloitte and Union Bank.