From right, Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, chief executive officer ICT Authority John Seregon, president ISACA Kenya chapter Denis Mutinda, Ben Roberts, Chief Operations Officer, Liquid Telecom and Joseph Mathenge Chief Operations Officers Serianu limited displaying the 2017 Africa Cyber Security report during the launch.
The Ministry of Defence and the Kenya Defence Forces will always be at the forefront in ensuring that the country wins the fight against cyber crime.
This was said by the Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amb. Raychelle Omamo during the official launch of the 2017 Africa Cyber Security Report in Nairobi.
The CS noted that cyber crime is major threat to the development agenda of the country and hence it deserves stringent measures to be put on place.
“The Ministry of Defence and the Kenya Defence Forces(KDF) will continue to be at the forefront of national security issues, including through the development and enhancement of national cyber defence capabilities and policies such as the Kenya Cyber Security Bill which is undergoing the process of parliamentary approval,” said Amb. Omamo.
Acknowledging the need of internet connections in the day to day running of activities, the CS said that internet has become more vulnerable and easily accessed by strangers and hackers who in turn commit crimes, spread propaganda and more so indoctrinate and radicalise elements within the society.
“International terrorism, organized cyber-crime, internationally-coordinated cyber-attacks, propaganda and fake news and espionage are perpetuated by criminal elements over a network that gives them access to a wide audience of billions of people, representing billions of potential victims of malicious software viruses, money-minting scams, indoctrination and radicalization among others, ”added the CS.
The Defence CS further urged all the stakeholders to join hands in the fight against cyber crime since it is not easy for only one entity to try and eliminate the threat paused by cyber crime.
“In addition to the traditional threats such as armed conflict, we are now confronted by attacks of a different nature and character, with attackers operating from the boundless, ungoverned spaces of the internet, essentially making them transnational and challenging to contain.”
Pointing out poor regulation and framework to counter cyber crime, the Cabinet Secretary insisted that there is need to have regulations and guidelines to curb the menace that has costed Kenyans millions of money and others subjected to cyber bullying.
“Cyberspace as it currently exists is easily accessible, loosely regulated and difficult to control. Our information systems are inter-connected thereby making them effectively predisposed to attacks from cyber criminals.The threat environment is made more vulnerable and complicated by the cross-cutting impact on different states, social structures and actors,the difficulty of identifying their origin,and the capability of security and legislative frameworks to evolve rapidly to address these challenges.” Concluded the CS.
According to the 2017 Africa Cyber Security Report by Serianu Limited, Kenya lost Ksh 21 billion to cyber-crime last year with ransomware and fake news being the latest forms that hackers are using the fleece mostly individuals and small and medium enterprises.This indicates that banks and financial services firms are the most targeted institutions.
The report indicates that the number of threats and data breaches increased with clear evidence that home grown cyber criminals are becoming more skilled and targeted.The security firm says this is because 90 percent of African organizations operate below the cyber security poverty line. And this is perhaps why the estimated cost of cyber crime increased to about 21 billion shillings in Kenya and 350 billion shillings in the African continent.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo addressing the media after the launch of the 2017 Africa cyber security report.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, having a word with Chief Executive Officer ICT Authority John Seregon and William Makatiani Chief Executive Officers Serianu limited during the official launch of the 2017 Africa cyber security report.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, chief executive officer ICT Authority John Seregon and William Makatiani Chief ExecutiveOfficers Serianu limited going through the 2017 Africa cyber security report.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo giving a key note address during the official launch of the 2017 Africa cyber security report.