Strathmore Business School has launched the very first Cyber Security programme, making it the most advanced training available for information security experts in the region.
Dr Fred Matiangi, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication during the launch, he said: “The threat landscape just became complex and more sophisticated due to the migration of government data and essential services to digital platforms. We have to take action to impart our information security professionals with more advanced skills to counter threats and vulnerabilities. The country, meanwhile, is losing more than Ksh 2 billion annually due to increased hacker activities.”
The CS further said that the Masters of Science program launched by Strathmore University was aligned to the national cyber security policy and that it had earned the support of over 10 advanced research centres funded by global tech giants who uniquely positioned @iLabAfrica to spearhead this training and research solution.
Strathmore University will leverage advanced security research labs based at its @iLabAfrica Research centre and technical partnership with Safaricom, Huawei, ICT Authority, EMC, Ericsson, Oracle, CISCO Academy, Softlock and Microsoft to avail world class research resources required for the program.
“As government and ministry, we are proud Strathmore University took a bold step to launch this program targeted at making our most experienced security professionals even better. At the same time, I want to challenge the police service and the Judiciary to rapidly move to equip themselves with modern effective cyber crime units to match emerging trends in cyber crime”.
Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director of @iLabAfrica, said Strathmore University had established technical collaborations with leading industry partners in the region and will be supported by leading international faculty who are experts in this field to deliver the high-quality two-year Masters program. Classes will make extensive use of distance learning technologies to allow participation of students outside Nairobi and the busy Chief Information Officers who wished to study from their offices. The course commences on 4th May this year