Kenya’s ICT Authority, COMESA secretariate, the Ministry of ICT and CCK today organized a cyber crime conference in Nairobi in the aim of fighting cyber crime.
Cyber crime is an area that governments all around the world cannot afford to ignore. Kenya is one of the country which cannot afford to ignore such an issue because according to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, information and communication, Fred Matiangi, Kenya has lost 1.5 billion shillings due to cyber crimes through mobile money as well as internet.
Matiangi said that in working towards the success of the project, the government will look into regulating all communication platforms which includes telecommunication companies as well as cyber cafes. He also said that it was important to work together with companies like Cisco and similar companies to help in the research as well as police training on cyber crimes.
Present in the conference, Sindiso Ndema, COMESA Secretary General said that it was important to invest in the training of the police all over Africa on how to handle the crime.
Microsoft East Africa’s service Solution Sales Lead, Hesham Ali said that Microsoft, having experience in the field in other developed countries, they intend to help their customers to protect themselves from cyber security threats.
“95 percent of of cyber attacks are not investigated, according to a worldwide statistics, and 60 percent of the attacks in countries are not discovered, they do not know that they are being attacked. What we are trying to do is to raise awareness and support our customers on how to protect themselves against cyber insecurity and also to be able to respond if attack happens and also recover after an attack, ” he said.
Other sponsors of the event include CISCO, Microsoft, Orange and Enterasys.