Kenya records Sh17.8bn losses to cy­ber crime

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Kenya has lost Sh17.8 bil­lion in cy­ber crime this year, a report shows.

The report, launched in Nairobi yes­ter­day by ICT CS Joseph Mucheru and Se­ri­anu CEO Wil­liam Maka­tiani, shows the money has been lost from gov­ern­ment and busi­ness-re­lated web­sites.

Maka­tiani said more than 42 per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions do not reg­u­larly train their staff on cy­ber crime, hence ex­pos­ing them­selves to se­cu­rity threats. “Ninety-six per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions spend less than Sh50,000 an­nu­ally or none at all on cy­ber se­cu­rity,” he said, adding no­table prob­lems faced in­clude bud­getary con­straints that un­der­mine cy­ber pro­tec­tion. “While there are high lev­els of in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy and au­to­ma­tion, there’s no match­ing in­vest­ment in preven­tion tools.”

Mucheru said the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to lead­ing and sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of com­pre­hen­sive, de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive cy­ber ca­pa­bil­i­ties to pro­tect cit­i­zens. “We recog­nise the need for ex­per­tise. The ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the Com­puter and Cy­ber Crime Bill will see the min­istry and key play­ers con­duct an ag­gres­sive na­tion­wide ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, “the CS said.

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