#CyberSecurityKE: Government loses Ksh. 2 billion to cyber crime attacks

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

Mr Sindiso Secretary General COMESA during a Cyber Security Confrence held today at Safari Park Hot

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi 

What is Cyber Security? http://whatis.techtarget.com defines it as a  body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, the term security implies cybersecurity.

By the end of the year 2013, the government will lose up to Kshs. Two billion to fight cyber crime. This was said by Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary. This revelations comes just a week after experts warned that  Kenya’s cyber security remains among the weakest in the world despite the central role technology has assumed in the country’s economy.

They warned that Millions of mobile phone subscribers and internet users remain exposed to snooping and data interception because the service providers are using outdated network security software, industry regulators were told.

Today, speaking during a Cyber Security Conference that was held today at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi., Dr. Matiangi said Cyber Crime was a world issue that affects everyone in one way or another and therefore private sectors and individuals should explore ways in which they protect their data.He also added that in partnership with other sectors they were out to target the whole Cyber spectrum.

Cyber Crimes have currently been rated as the most committed crimes worldwide even as the world grows through technological advancements and innovation. Fraud, account hacking, dissemination of offensive materials, identity theft among others are the most common cyber crimes being committed. Many people have lost their properties and money through these crimes and also organisations losing important data.

Internet usage is growing daily and the world is coming closer but cyber crime is still on the verge of helping criminals reap where they have not sowed. While Law enforcement agencies try to tackle this problem, it is growing steadily and many people are falling victims. The best way to avoid being a victim is protecting your sensitive data by making use of impenetratable security that uses a unified system of software and hardware to authenticate any information that is sent or accessed over the internet something that organisations are trying to currently embrace.

Mr.Sindisi Ondema, COMESA Secretary  Genaral, who was also present at the conference said that the Government should find ways to provide the police with the necessary training to investigate and curb cyber crimes. He added that the judicial system should also come up with stiff penalties for all cyber criminals. 

In January 2014, an AU Convention on Cyber Security will be held   where world leaders will come together to find solutions to cyber crimes.









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