Government concerned at rise in cyber crime
Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary (CS) Joe Mucheru has decried unabated rise of cyber-crime in the country arguing that it has a negative potential of impacting on the future of the fast growing digital economy.
The CS said it was unfortunate that cyber criminals used modern technology and internet to commit crimes by hacking into data bases.
“We are alive to the emerging threats posed by hackers. The breakneck speed at which we are mainstreaming ICT as an enabler of business and development must therefore be balanced with prudent risk management,” he said.
He continued “we have in this regard drafted the cyber security bill which now awaits debate and enactment by parliament”.
The Minister was speaking on Tuesday at Leisure Lodge Resort in Kwale at the connected Kenya summit 2017 which has its theme ‘Shaping the Future’ with particular emphasis on cyber-crime.
The ICT CS noted incidents of cyber-crime have gained notoriety as hackers increasingly target digital economy amidst continued proliferation of financial technology and internet banking.
He says the bill proposes stiffer penalties for those engaging in cyber crime so as to serve as a deterrent for anyone contemplating to compromise cyberspace for selfish gain.
“There is also the growing concern on the subject of big data with regard to how private entities are actively collecting and keeping citizens’ data and how the same is used,” he said.
Joyce-Ann Wainaina Chief Executive Officer for Citibank East Africa noted the cyber threats are intelligent, autonomous and increasingly difficult to detect.
“The threats are complex and rapidly evolving with new ones emerging and old ones returning with enhanced capabilities,” she noted.
She said cyber-crime was a growing threat to the global banking scene as criminals manage to hack into security systems.
“Cyber-crime is a real threat that continues to plague the global banking system and Africa is the most vulnerable region and Kenya is no exception,” she noted.
By Hussein Abdullahi