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Cyber security framework set for launch

24 June 2014, 20:46

Nairobi - The government is confident the National Cyber security Framework will enhance the security of the country's cyber space and create confidence in the use and adoption of information and communications technology in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was today scheduled to launch the scheme at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Grounds.

According to a statement from the ICT authority, the Framework aims at enhancing the security of Kenya’s cyber space and as a result creating confidence in the use and adoption of ICTs in Kenya.

 “The Kenya National Cybersecurity framework consists of The National Cybersecurity Strategy, the National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI); and, the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team – Coordination Centre (KE-CIRT/CC),” said CAK in the statement.

The ICT authority spearheaded the formulation of the National CyberSecurity Strategy on behalf of the Ministry of ICT and also saw to the execution of the National Public Key Infrastructure.

The total amount spent by Government on the project was US$ 5 million.

The National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI) project is coordinated by the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Communications Authority of Kenya and the ICT Authority (ICTA).

Through PKI, the government will set up an online identity and verification system where each citizen will be issued with a unique online identity (digital certificate) that will be required whenever they take part in online transactions.

Kenya saw a significant number of security incidents in its cyberspace in the first quarter of 2014, according to statistics given by Kaspersky Lab.

In its Africa statistics on IT threats for the first quarter of 2014, Kaspersky named Algeria as leading in Africa in terms of local and web threats ahead of Egypt, South Africa followed by Kenya at the fourth place.

While speaking at the launch of the Kenya Cyber Security 2014 report by the Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), the Permanent Secretary for ICT, Joseph Tiampati, said that the use of ICT had come with inherent security threats.

“Cybercrimes such as financial fraud or deliberate damage of critical information infrastructure can have a devastating effect. Cases of terrorist attacks using cyberspace have also become a worrying trend,” said Tiampati.

 - CAJ News

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