Huawei has reiterated its commitment to providing smart technologies for economic growth amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Adam Lane, Deputy CEO, Public Affairs Huawei Kenya, speaking on Cyber Security Strategies for Enterprise Resilience During Systemic Disruption, explained Huawei’s strategy on Smart Devices, Connectivity, Computing, Cloud and Providing Products and Solutions for its customers.
“An intelligent world calls for global connectivity and mutual trust that will maintain global prosperity. Huawei is committed to providing technology for all and technology for good that prioritizes development, enhances global collaboration, promotes innovation, and ensures ubiquitous connectivity, digitization and AI,” said Lane.
Lane took participants through applications of digital technology in the anti-epidemic fight showing how 5G, AI, big data, cloud computing, and other tech have been deployed to prevent contagion, treat patients, and shorten the crisis.
Adam Lane demonstrated this showing how in Kenya Huawei’s provision of video conference systems has helped multiple Kenyan Ministries improve their co-ordination, and learning from overseas. The speaker also mentioned how, through the Ministry of ICT, they shared global experiences in how ICT can fight against COVID-19 through best practices. From the talk, it was clear that Healthcare will not escape the ongoing industrial digitization and the importance of connectivity for homes, businesses and education. Governments should promote the construction of digital infrastructures.
However, with this technology comes unprecedented challenges like cyber security.
The speaker informed the audience that emerging technologies drive digital growth while bringing new challenges to cyber security and privacy protection and that the World Economic Forum ranks Cyber Attacks the third biggest threat to mankind, behind extreme weather and natural disasters.
Participants learnt about Huawei’s cyber security journey from making cyber security and privacy protection the company’s top priorities through to the strategies and end-to-end systems that Huawei uses to build trust and high quality into every ICT infrastructure product and solution that it develops.
Key issues highlighted included the focus on people, processes, standards, independent verifications, and supply chain engagement.
Adam Lane was speaking on May 27th at the ISACA Kenya chapter, which hosted a half-day online conference that attracted over 90 professionals.
The conference theme resonated with the current realities of the business environment. Another speaker, Mercy Wanjau, Ag. Director General Communications Authority of Kenya stated that ICT Regulator is concerned about the risks and disruptions during the pandemic.
According to her, CA is committed towards helping the licensees remain resilient and also to protect consumers during these systemic disruptions.
“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected while Sustainability is about survival and the goal of resilience is to thrive,” said Wanjau.
“Digital connectivity drives every aspect of the Kenyan economy: creating jobs, increasing productivity and efficiency. From interconnected health systems to enhanced detection and response to the pandemic; to all levels of education going online; e-government, working from home; e-commerce for business sustainability, amongst others. Therefore, digital connectivity is our new reality that is currently being critically tested with the systemic disruption caused by the current pandemic and associated risks.”
Wanjau informed the audience that the Authority established the Kenya Computer Incidence Response Team – Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) in 2012 as Kenya’s national trusted point of contact, coordination and response to cyber threats.
The center operates 24/7 in managing cybersecurity in Kenya and ever since week one of the pandemic in March this year, most of institutions had embraced work from home program, resulting to a lot of cyber-related attacks.
From the time when first covid-19 case had been reported in Kenya a total of 16, 450, 346 cyber threat events had been detected.
“In order to mitigate cyber risks and disruptions,” Wanjau added, ” we need to factor cyber awareness through all channels of communication, collaboration between local and international partners, and enhanced internal processes such as enhancement of incident handling, forensics investigation capabilities and upgrade of detection and analysis capabilities.”