from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A technology executive has defended Kenya’s divisive Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, urging all organisations in the country to support it and eliminate rampant cyber attacks.
The government of President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the legislation into law on May 16 amid most of the news coverage focusing on the perceived negatives of the legislation.
These include restrictions around freedom of expression and access to information.
However, Brian Pinnock, the sales and engineering executive, begged to differ.
“Individuals should be pleased that cyber criminals will now face consequences,” said Pinnock, the Regional Manager of Sales Engineering at Mimecast.
Despite the negativity around the new cybercrime bill law, Pinnock, said hailed the legislation as a crucial move in Kenya’s war against cybercriminals.
“…but it’s up to all organisations to play their part,” he said.
“Laws can only do so much to protect businesses. Leadership teams need to take responsibility and create a culture with targeted programs geared towards safeguarding their employees, customers and business partners,” Pinnock said.
Cyberattacks are on the rise in East Africa’s biggest economy.
Major data breaches include ransomware, spear-phishing and impersonation fraud.
According to a 2017 study by consultancy firm, Serianu, cybercrime cost Kenya Sh21,1 billion (US$9,2 million) in 2017.
“So, it seems that criminals have had free rein up until now,” Pinnock said.
– CAJ News