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State-owned websites to get local hosting

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goverAfter the recent debacle of the hacking of the Kenya Defense Forces twitter account and that of Spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir, a meeting between top security officials and Ministry of ICT has resolved to have all government –owned websites hosted locally to curb incidents of cyber attacks.

According to the Daily Nation, the meeting which was held at the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) and which was attended by ICT principal secretary Joseph Tiampati, representatives of the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Defence Forces, CID, CAK director-general Francis Wangusi and ICT Authority chief executive also discussed safety preparedness of the government to handle cyber attacks.

“We’ve agreed to immediately shift all our websites to local hosting and have them managed from a central point which will be the ICT Authority,” Said Mr Wangusi.

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Victor Kyalo of the ICT Authority said that the meeting also resolved to fast-track implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy in order to curb the menace.

“We have to work together on this one. We are going to move with speed with the implementation of the strategy to enhance our security even in the future,” Mr Kyalo added.

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At the moment, the government has an ongoing initiative to digitise government records and digitize most of its services, which means that it needs to move with speed so as to eliminate threats of cyber crime which are becoming quite rampant.

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