Internet Society in collaboration with the Africa Union Commission today released new Internet Security Guidelines for Africa during the African Internet Summit that has been ongoing in Nairobi from 30th May to 2nd June.
This security talks have become more popular in the country after the wake of Cyber attacks such as WannaCry and the recent Safaricom network outage that some are putting in the same category.
The unveiled Internet Security guidelines are the first of their kind in the continent. While interviewing Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa, he said that every developed continent already has their guidelines in place, it was time for Africa to level up. He added that the guidelines were tailor made for the special conditions that Africa presents such as technical skills of the users in the continent.
According to Deloitte Global Threat Index, Kenya is ranked at 69 out of 127 most vulnerable countries. The main reasons being given include low awareness, under investment and data overload. The country also lost $171 million to cyber crime in 2016 alone hence the need for such guidelines.
The guidelines are targeting to strengthen the local Internet infrastructure through actions at the regional, national, operator and organizational level. When I asked about the personal level recommendations, Mr. Mwangi insisted that users should know who they are sending or receiving data from while online, they should also not ignore updates from apps, operating systems or anti viruses, “they are not only about fixing bugs and improving performance, but they also fix security loopholes” he concluded.
For those who would like to have a detailed look at the guidelines, feel free to find a copy here.