CAK to host National Cybersecurity Conference

The Communication Authority of Kenya will host a National Cyber Security Conference on 23rd to 25th of October this year. The authority in the exercise of its mandate of developing a national cybersecurity management framework aims to promote safe Internet use and healthy cyber hygiene practices amongst Kenyans.

The National Cyber Security Conference which will be held at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi shall bring together stakeholders to engage matters emerging from cybersecurity.

A recent report by Serianu, an award-winning Pan-African based Cyber-security and business consulting firm exposed Kenya as a country with very weak cybercrime preparedness strategies with only 1700 cybersecurity professionals countrywide.

The National Cybersecurity Centre (NCC) said to have detected 51.9 million threats for the 2018-2019 period, compared to the 22.1 million recorded in the year 2017-2018.

Serianu firm in a report published by the Standard noted that the country’s economy lost sh30B in one year to cybercrime criminals and risk losing more to if it doesn’t up their game by training, nurturing cyber professionals and developing strategies that will curb cyber-attacks.

“From our survey, we estimated the cost of cybercrime in Kenya at Sh29.5 billion for 2018, which is a 40 percent increase from the Sh21 billion reported over a similar period in 2017,”

“These costs include Sh8 billion in direct cost either through money lost in attacks or ransom paid to free up stolen data and Sh20 billion in indirect costs involving procurement of equipment and software, training personnel and monitoring systems,” he said.

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The main targets of cybercrimes are financial institutions and government agencies. In June, government websites National Youth Service (NYS) and Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) portals were hacked by an Indonesia hacker group, Kurd Electronic Team. A Twitter account belonging to the ruling party Jubilee was also hacked.

One can register for this year’s National Cybersecurity Conference by clicking on the CAK link below:

https://www.ke-cirt.go.ke/index.php/national-cybersecurity-conference-2019/

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