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ICT Ministry addresses insecurity

18 March 2014, 11:24

Nairobi - The Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Ministry is in the process of preparing a cyber security strategy to address the loopholes in information security.

Subsequently, the ICT Ministry has invited stakeholders to participate in the review of the draft cyber security strategy.

The need for a cyber security strategy has been necessitated by the rise in the country’s connectivity e-government plan and is aimed at providing the Government with the implementation plans to protect the country’s ICT cyber assets.

According to the ICT Ministry, even with current investments in ICT by the government, banking and telecommunications sectors, there are still serious security loopholes and most organizations do not factor the possible risks while setting up systems.

“With evidence of increasing online vulnerabilities, the Government of Kenya and leaders in the private sector need to make improvements to their Cyber security infrastructure. Private and public organizations are required to invest in information security systems to prevent hackers from accessing their networks, systems and data,” read a statement from the ICT board of Kenya.

Bethwel Opil, Channel Sales Manager for East Africa at Kaspersky Lab had earlier said that cybercrime could become a main topic of discussion in 2014.

He said that cybercrime was now recognized as a threat to national security.

It is expected that once finalized, the cyber security strategy would guide policy in dealing with cyber insecurity and cyber crime.

– CAJ News

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