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Kenya hosts Comesa hub to fight cyber crime

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Attacks on KDF Twitter account and others have put the country’s cyber security in the spotlight.

Attacks on KDF Twitter account and others have put the country’s cyber security in the spotlight.

Kenya has been picked to host a centre to coordinate the fight against cyber crime in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa region.

This follows the appointment of Communications Authority Director-General Francis Wangusi as chairperson of the Association of Regulators of Information and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa, a body that fights cyber crime within Comesa.

“We are establishing a permanent secretariat from member countries to deal with cyber-crime. Kenya will host the cyber-security centre that will coordinate the fight against cyber hacking in the region,” Mr Wangusi said.

He added that Kenya is developing digital identity systems to trace attackers, especially those who are not within the regional group. “We are working with Facebook, YouTube and Google to help us trace attackers.”

The government plans to use the digital crimes unit, which is already in place, to supplement its efforts to fight cyber crime.

Strathmore University in Nairobi also trains experienced personnel on cyber crime issues.

Cyber attacks in Kenya have increased recently, with the government suffering most.

Last year, the government faced several cyber threats when the social media account of the Kenya Defence Forces and the website of the National Environment Trust Fund were hacked.

The Kenya Cyber Security Report, 2014, indicates a loss of Sh5 billion annually in Kenya. The report says attacks more than doubled to 5.4 million in 2014 compared to 2013.

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