10 July 2019

 

Predictions

  • Cybersecurity risks will rise further due to tech skills shortage and government funding constraints
  • Shortage of jobs for local tech-savvy youth will lead to increasing numbers turning to cybercrime
  • State actors may also seek to exploit weak Kenyan cybersecurity environment to gain information on commercial and geopolitical rivals

Analysis

The Communications Authority of Kenya, the country’s communications regulator, on 3 July said that it had detected 11.2 million cyberattacks on various organisations between January and March 2019. This is a 10.1% increase from the previous quarter (October to December 2018). Separately, Microsoft Kenya said that cyberattacks in the country mainly targeted the financial sector, with 18% and 10% of total reported incidents in 2018 targeting banks and payment systems respectively. Other frequently targeted sectors are…

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