Kenya to enact law against cyber attacks


Kenya is fast-tracking the enactment of legislation to protect the country from cyber attacks.
Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), made the statement in Nairobi during the Thought Leadership Forum on Cyber security.

He said that cabinet had already approved and forwarded to Parliament for debate the Computer and Cyber Crimes Bill that seeks to increase penalties for cyber crime and related corporate espionage.

Once enacted, the new law will protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems, programmes and data and prevent the unlawful use of computer systems. Others are facilitating investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes; and facilitate international co-operation against cyber crime,” Mucheru said.

He said that the high-level leadership event is expected to deliberate on ways to enhance cyber security for organisations in the financial services sector.

The forum is being organized in the wake of last week’s unprecedented global cyber attack that affected hundreds of thousands of computers.

Mucheru said that Kenya had so far reported one case of cyber attack but the institution affected has since restored their computer systems.

He said that the government is alert and keenly following new developments with a view to ensuring that cyber attack does not spread to Kenya’s other cyberspace users.

We have heightened our cyber monitoring and surveillance mechanisms to prevent and eliminate any remote possibility of further attacks. I assure the public that government computer systems and networks and the information they hold is secure,” he added.