Organizations urged to be vigilant in tackling internal cyber threats

The Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) has urged organizations to capitalize on strategic policies in data protection to avert emerging cyber threats from their own staff.

Speaking in Mombasa during the 29th edition of ICT Manager’s Congress, Yusuf Kileu a cyber security and forensic expert says organizations need to conduct background checks before hiring individuals to manage their ICT infrastructures as a first measure to combat challenges such as data theft.

“We encourage managers to follow different steps to manage cybersecurity threats. When they go back to their organization they will be able to see how they can manage these types of challenges, how they can protect data, how they can limit the privileges of these individuals not to become a threat to the organization. I believe all these things we have been covering will be helpful to combat threats from within,” said Kileu.

Kileu adds that the training has equipped ICT managers with better skills and enhance seamless, secured information sharing within departments.

In October 2020, Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication, Technology, Innovation and Youth Affairs gazetted the Data Protection (Civil Registration) Regulations, 2020.

In view of this Act, Kileu says, there is need for ICT managers to have trainings on emerging technology trends to protect data and challenges from within organizations.

KBC Head of ICT Ben Mwala who was in attendance reiterated the importance of such trainings that act as benchmark on information technology emerging trends.

“Most of the activities we do nowadays are really IT driven. The workshop is equipping us with the information for us to be able to take this back to our organizations. Right now there is a lot of convergence, when you look at for example KBC,” said Mwala.

Mwala says the national broadcaster is committed to lead from the front in matters convergence and digital news platforms.

“Digital media is really emerging and so we need to leverage on the modern IT trends for us to be able to implement and make KBC have an edge in term of digital media,” added Mwala.

Peter Owenje a resource person officer at CSK, saying such workshops will help on deliberation on issues affecting network management and interaction among heads of ICT from different organizations.


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