NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security personnel have intensified
vigilance to prevent cyber attack on sensitive government
installations and business premises, officials said on
Secretary for Defense Raychelle Omamo said the government
had strengthened pre-emptive measures in the wake of
growing threat of cybercrime in the country.
during a national cyber security conference in Nairobi,
Omamo said the government has maintained round the clock
vigilance to prevent criminal elements from infiltrating
and damaging cyberspace.
use and dependence on information technology has exposed
the country and its citizens to premeditated security
threats. We are on the lookout for adversaries who might
exploit our networks to cause harm,” Omamo said.
civilian and security arms of government attended the
national cyber security conference to evaluate Kenya’s
preparedness to ward off attacks on the digital
Omamo said the
government has enhanced inter-agency coordination and
public outreach to minimize the threat of cyber attacks.
undertaken several initiatives including development of a
national cyber security strategy, capacity building and
public awareness to pre-empt any attack on the digital
sphere,” said Omamo.
among African countries with the highest vulnerability to
cyber attacks due to its huge internet penetration and use
in all spheres of life.
the risk of hacking to digital infrastructure owned by
state agencies and the private sector by criminal
syndicates remained high.
have evolved rapidly and are diverse in nature.
Perpetrators are mainly criminal networks seeking
financial gain and terrorist groups seeking to attack
civilians or damage our defense installations,” Omamo
that Kenya has developed a cyber-defense strategy that
seeks to strengthen national security while propelling ICT
driven economic development.
Africa nation has strengthened its capacity to mitigate
cyber attacks from local and foreign adversaries.
Secretary for Defense, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia said the
government and private sector have teamed up to share
knowledge and best practices on protecting the cyber space
invested in adequate pre-emptive measures to ensure our
cyberspace is resilient to malicious attacks,” Kaberia
He added that
security of the cyberspace is critical to Kenya’s economic
growth, territorial integrity, social cohesion and