Kenya industry must address IT security issues

Cyber Criminals

Cyber Criminals

by MARIA MACHARIA 
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN businesses need to pay more attention to cyber security heading into 2016.

This is according to Kaspersky Lab, a global cyber security company, on the back of the escalation of such infringements.

Recent findings from the 2015 Kenya Cyber Security Survey suggest that of the 275 organisations in Kenya that participated, 21 percent of respondents within these organisations in Kenya are not concerned about cybercrime at all.

The same survey also revealed that many reported that these organisations do not have enough staff and security expertise dedicated to IT security.

Bethwel Opil, Channel Sales Manager for East Africa at Kaspersky Lab, said given the fact that cybercriminal activity was advancing globally and as internet usage grew, with the estimated figure of 26,1 million internet users in Kenya, with more businesses in Kenya relying on technology and aspects like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or the Internet of Things (IoT), for work purposes – this was a major cause for concern.

“The reality is that it doesn’t matter how big or small a business is, or how well known a brand is – cybercriminals target any business of any size – as most of them have data or money that they can make use of.

“In my experience, local corporates tend to think that their businesses are insignificant to cybercriminals, and as result, they won’t be targets.

“This is a false sense of security. Business owners and decision makers must look into effective IT security measures proactively,” said Opil.

He suggested companies undertook risk assessment, put in place IT security policies, train and educate staff on IT Security, deploy dedicated IT Security teams and implement effective security software solutions for IT protection.

“A new year often brings new good things along with some challenges, including those in the IT security industry.

“I want to encourage Kenyan businesses to stop shying away from this subject and to start paying attention to IT security today – to ensure reliable protection tomorrow, and well into the next year,” Opil said.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

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