African Hackon in partnership with stakeholders in technology security will hold the second edition of the AfricaHackOn Conference at the I Hub offices this Friday to address issue of cyber security and crime. The conference brings together individual talents of the best security experts in the region for an engaging discussion on issues touching on cyber security challenges in the fast growing sector.
“Cyber (in) security is increasingly becoming a major challenge not just in Kenya but globally. Through the conference, we hope to bring the best minds together and look for solutions on how we tackle this issue head-on,” said Tyrus Kamau, a cyber-security consultant.
This is an issue that is hard to ignore given that Kenya has experienced advanced growth in technology with the industry now contributing to well over 12% of the country’s GDP and internet penetration of 54.8%.
As the information and technology sector experiences this exponential growth, cyber security continues to pose a huge threat to individuals and corporate entities, with cyber criminals getting ever more creative and sophisticated.
In 2013, Cybercrime is said to have cost the Kenyan economy Kshs 2 Billion, this might just be a percentage of the actual amount as cyber-crime is largely under- reported.
“The conference not only aims to sensitize the public to the threats posed by cyber insecurity, we also want to build capacity for our law enforcers to be able to deal with the challenges posed by cyber criminals,” said Kamau.
In July 2014, ARTICLE 19 of the constitution analyzed the first draft of the Cyber and Computer Related Crimes Bill in Kenya which seeks to equip law enforcement agencies with the necessary legal and forensic tools to tackle this behemoth.
The bill looks to address offences against confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems. It also seeks to curb cyber stalking, hate speech and identity related crimes.
Kamau noted, “Kenya has long relied on physical evidence to arrest cyber criminals, a move that has made virtually made it impossible to make cyber criminals accountable for their actions.”
Anthony Gacanja, from Safaricom noted that, “there is low levels of awareness of the effects of cyber-crime to individuals, businesses and national security, we are therefore happy to be involved in a conference that will provide public education on this subject.”
This will be the 2nd AfricaHackOn conference since its launch last year. The conference also offers innovative ways of growing and attracting talented talents to take up a career in ICT. The event offers a platform to nurture and mentor young minds and demystify Cyber Security and its impact to the society and the economy.