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Govt forms committee to fight cyber crime

11 June 2013, 18:34 Kelvin Wanjohi

A National Cyber-Security Steering Committee (NCSC) has been established to spearhead the war against cyber crime and related fraud in the county.

The committee which is under the control of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) will be expected to facilitate co-ordination and collaboration in response to cyber security incidents.

According to the outgoing Information Communications Technology (ICT) PS Dr. Bitange Ndemo, the government has declared war on cyber criminals and will liaise with local, regional and international cyber security management actors to eradicate the vice.

Speaking during a national Cyber security Forum organized by CCK in Nairobi, the PS said website defacement, impersonation on social media, email account hacking, cyber bullying, copyright infringement and mobile money services fraud are among the areas most hit by cyber criminals.

Further, the team will be required to step up the war on criminals engaging in pornography and child online related abuse.

The PS added that the government has the support of stakeholders in the ICT sector as they forge ways of fighting the multi-billion crime.

“We are seeking reliable, secure and effective ways of combating cyber crime in the country and beyond,” he said.

Dr. Ndemo observed that cyber security remains one of the major challenges in this technology era, saying it has affected the usage of online services.

He further noted that his ministry has approved the Kenya Shared Service Master Plan to provide a wide range of e-government services and further combat cyber crime.

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