Kenyan firms encountered 51 cyber threats daily in Q1

Written By: Ronald Owili
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Kenyan based entities encountered on average 51 cyber threats daily during the last three months of 2017 of which about six critical attacks were validated and resolved.

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This is according to the latest data from the Communications Authority of Kenya that there were 104 online impersonation cases which the communications authority attributes to the intense electioneering period.

2017 Africa Cyber Security Report released Tuesday by Serianu Limited revealed that financial sector, small business and individuals combined lost more money to cyber criminals than previously thought, a whooping Ksh21B.

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Top most threats last year were Ransomware and fake news.

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CA reports that most cyber threats with most occurrences were various forms of system misconfigurations which rendered computers and networks vulnerable and susceptible to cyber-attacks.

There were 187 such threats recorded between October and December while malware related cases which are on the rise stood at 140.

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Mobile subscriptions grew 4.4% to 42.8 million mainly driven by increases in Airtel and Telkom.

Safaricom subscriber base declined 2.8% to stand at 29.5 million, Airtel gained 2.3% to record 7.3 million subscribers while Telkom gained 0.6% to record 3.8 million subscribers.

CA says completion of the Voice Infrastructure project under the Universal Service Fund will close voice gaps in 78 sub-locations further enhancing mobile reach country.

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There were 30 million mobile money subscribers in the country who did 607.4 million transactions valued at KES 1.76 trillion while there were 308.6 million mobile commerce transactions valued at KES 1.1 trillion.

On broadcast, 2 more tv stations joined the free to air platform. CA further indicates that it is in the process of licensing new players for LTE/4G services through the assignment of 700MHz, 800 MHz and 450 MHz.

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