Security agencies on high alert to counter cyber crime

By Anthony Kaikai

Multi-security agencies are on high alert following emerging trends where terrorists and other criminal elements are using cyber-space to carry out their illegal activities.

Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces Samson Mwathethe say Kenya will not leave anything to chance in protecting its territorial sovereignty.

Kenya’s security agencies have been put on high alert to ensure national security is not threatened with criminals becoming ever smarter in plotting and executing their plans by exploiting the borderless nature of cyber space.

In a conference that brought together key players in security matters, Chief of the Kenya Defense Force General Samson Mwathethe said cyber-crime if left unchecked, is likely to result to more damage to the country’s security than any other kind of warfare.

Defense Cabinet Secretary Rachel Omamo noted that to counter the challenges of terrorists using the internet to radicalize or plot attacks against their targets among other organized crimes, there is need for all security organs to take a collective responsibility.

“The need to improve our cyber security posture is a key issue. The most important is the development of a national cyber security strategy 2014 which focuses on capacity building and cyber security awareness”, the CS said.

Omamo says there is need to foster cyber security collaboration between key security stakeholders, non-governmental agencies and the private sector to ensure proper coordination of cyber security defence measures.

Among other measures taken include rigorous training of security officers and the implementation of national cyber defense capability.

  

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