Kenya faces cyberspace insecurity

cyberKenya’s insecure cyberspace continues to expose the country to new and emerging threats, cyberspace experts have warned.

Cybercrime security analyst and researcher Lendsey Achudi said Kenya is among countries quick in adopting new technology but lacks the necessary legislation.

“We also have few cyber security experts in the country,” she said.

Achudi addressed the media on Thursday ahead of the July 13-16 Africa Security Summit 2015 at the KICC.

The summit seeks to address the threats and solutions to cyber security in Africa.

More than 400 delegates are expected to attend.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, as well as other prominent leaders from the region are set to attend the summit.

The government in a bid to ensure transparency has directed all ministry’s to offer services such as tenders and passports application through online.

In December last year, 76 foreign nationals suspected of involvement in hacking were arrested when police raided a home in Runda, Nairobi.

Achudi who has taken time studying USA system said cybercrime has compromised country’s citizens privacy and safety while accessing online resources.

Information ministry estimates that close to Sh2 billion is lost annually due to cybercrime, something Achudi disputed.

The high level summit comes in the wake of an attempted fraud on National Youth Service accounts that could have seen it loose Sh826.

Last year,several government websites and social media accounts were hacked into.

Deputy President William Ruto, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and the suspended Roads CS Michael Kamau some of the social media accounts that have been hacked into.

The Communications Authority of Kenya, Kenya’s mobile penetration rate has hit 80.5 per cent

“Regional collaboration is critical as the situation is likely to compromise national security and information communication and technology infrastructure,”she said.




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