Kenya pledges enhanced surveillance on cyberspace amid new threats

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Kenya will intensify surveillance on its digital infrastructure amid new threats that escalated at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when remote working became the norm, an official said Thursday.

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu said cybersecurity has been prioritized to protect sensitive data owned by the government and private sector while enhancing electronic commerce during the pandemic era.

“The government is committed to protecting the integrity of our digital infrastructure facing varied threats including hacking,” Gathungu said at an ongoing forum in the coastal city of Mombasa. She said that Kenya has developed regulatory tools to enhance the security of digital space, improve service delivery and spur the growth of e-commerce that is providing new revenue streams for the country’s youth.

According to Gathungu, the government has partnered with industry and consumer lobby groups to combat cyber threats that spiked during the pandemic, threatening the growth of Kenya’s digital economy.

More than 150 delegates including policymakers and ICT experts attended the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Kenyan chapter annual conference that discussed emerging threats to cyberspace in the country. The three-day summit, which began Wednesday, is expected to come up with innovative measures that can be adopted by the public and private sectors to boost the security of Kenya’s cyberspace.

Gathungu said the government will leverage the enactment of laws, public education, training and infrastructure upgrade in order to improve cyber defenses amid greater uptake of online services, adding that network security is key to seamless automation of government services including tax returns, issuance of driving licenses, travel documents and registration of births.

Antony Muiyuro, president of Kenyan chapter of ISACA, said that strengthening the resilience of Kenya’s cyberspace in the face of threats hinges on enhanced vigilance and retraining of network administrators. Enditem

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