Safaricom recently held a cyber security summit dubbed, “Becoming a Cyber Resilient Organisation”. More than four hundred experts in information technology sector in Nairobi participated either physically or virtually. The main purpose of this move was to counter the increasing cyber threats against business entities, state organizations and individuals. This took place within the context of Cybersecurity awareness month reiterating the significance of the issue of concern.
The Chief Corporate Security officer of Safaricom PLC, Nicholas Mulila addressed attendees on the changing dynamics of cyber threats. He underlined the fact of high professionalism of the cybercrime, the invisible and deceptive techniques used. Such patterns call for immediate investments into modern means for protecting confidential data and critical systems.
Statistics from the Communications Authority painted a stark reality: In a period starting from July to September 2023, there were more than 123 million incidents of cyber threat that hit Kenya. Such an alarming number was indication that both the private and the public sector had to take collective steps in fighting cybercrime.
Safaricom PLC’s chief enterprise business officer named Cynthia Kropac outlined all the available cyber security solutions in her discussion. For instance, the company has developed these measures, such as security advisory, network security, online/data/web security, cyber security, and operations, and physical security based on a sophisticated video surveillance system. Moreover, Safaricom has a strengthened cloud system complete with cyber security features for reliable connectivity and payments services.
Patrick Kilemi, Principal Secretary of the state department for cooperatives on behalf of the Kenyan government noted the significance of cyber security during this digital era. He emphasised on integrations of cooperate management system transforming analog systems to Digital to ensure enhanced efficiency and protection of these platforms against cyber security threats.
Jackson Makewa who is a director of cybersecurity at Kenyan Department for Information Communications as well as Colonel James Kimuyu a director general of national Computer and Cybercrimes were among the guests.
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