Cloud proposed as cyber-crime soars in Kenya

DR RUTENDO HwindingwiMARIA MACHARIA 

NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – WITH Kenyan companies should be looking towards cloud applications as one means of improving the security of their information technology environments.

Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, an expert in the sector, said Kenyan organisations are wrestling with the growing danger posed by threats such as malware, hackers and theft of computing devices.

Most enterprises – especially small and medium-sized businesses feel ill-prepared for the risk that cyber-crime poses to their business, he added.

The companies lack the budget and the specialist IT expertise they need to defend their businesses against today’s sophisticated cyber-criminal.

Though the public sector was hardest hit by cybercrime, smaller organisations also need to be aware of the growing list of dangers they face, said Hwindingwi.

It is particularly alarming that cyber-crime tripled in 2014 over 2013, indicating a country-wide lack of skills and resources to address the problem, he added.

“Running your own IT infrastructure today is complex and expensive, especially if you are going to run your own server room,” said Hwindingwi, who is the Divisional Director for Sage East and West Africa.

“You need to invest in firewalls and antimalware software, be ready to patch your operating systems and applications, and have specialist skills who are up-to-date with the latest threats.”

Kenyan organisations lost some Sh15 billion to cyber-crime in 2014. – CAJ News
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