The Ministry of ICT is presently developing a law on computer and cyber crime to enhance the safety of Kenya’s cyber space and make the country an attractive investment destination for ICT. The law details cybercrime related offences, procedures for investigation of cybercrime, and international cooperation including matters of jurisdiction, which if aligned to global best practice, will protect Kenya’s cyber space while deterring its misuse.

The Ministry of ICT is presently developing a law on computer and cyber crime to enhance the safety of Kenya’s cyber space and make the country an attractive investment destination for ICT. The law details cybercrime related offences, procedures for investigation of cybercrime, and international cooperation including matters of jurisdiction, which if aligned to global best practice, will protect Kenya’s cyber space while deterring its misuse.

Cybercrime has been a mundane activity that has affected about 556 million people annually-an equivalent of 18 victims per second.  There are 325,000 new pieces of malware daily. This has resulted to financial loss of more than KES 100 million globally with expected risk of cybercrime increasing to 48 per cent in 2014, up from 39 percent in 2011.

Once the law is established, international co-operation framework will be boosted, due to the borderless nature of cybercrime, further calling for multi-stakeholder engagement in pursuit of a safer cyber space. Government has promised to continue engaging various actors in the cyber security ecosystem to form a national cyber security framework that is relevant, pragmatic and innovative.

In 2013, cyber attacks in Kenya grew to 5.6 million in 2013, a 108 per cent increase compared to the 2.6 million detected in 2012. The National Cyber Security Strategy was formed in 2014 to enhance national cyber security preparedness. In order to make the national ICT framework effective, efficient and competitive, the government intends to also review the national ICT Sector Policy to align it to the current global ICT landscape.

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