Opportunities galore for cyber security experts as threats mount

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Shortage of trained cyber security experts in Kenya is hurting the war on cybercrime making the country to lose billions of shillings to hackers, the 2017 Annual Cisco cyber security report shows.

Due to heavy digitisation programmes and campaigns led by the Jubilee administration, the threat of cyber attacks has risen opening new opportunities for ethical hackers and cyber security professionals around the country.

The implementation of Huduma centres, e-procurement programmes, wifi hotsports around urban areas and several other initiatives have opened many government offices and private companies to risks of attack providing opportunities for cyber security experts.

“The proliferation of mobile devices creates more endpoints to protect. The cloud is expanding the security perimeter. And users are, and always will be, a weak link in the security chain,” the Cisco 2017 Cyber security report points out.

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As businesses embrace digitization—and the Internet of Everything (IoE)¹ begins to take shape—defenders will have even more to worry about. The attack surface will only expand, giving adversaries more space to operate

IT Security company ESET country manager, Teddy Njoroge was quoted by the Business Daily putting the number of cyber security experts in Kenya at less than 1,000, terming the situation as “inadequate and impractical”.

The Kasperky Lab run by anti virus maker kaspersky puts Kenya at the top 11 most vulnerable countries to cyber attacks.

Private companies have tremendously increased their budgetary allocations for cyber security hiring and investing millions in sofware and hardware to control revenue losses and Kenya lost an estimated Sh17.5 billion last year to cyber crime.

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Among the factors that will trigger higher threats are traffic from wireless and mobile devices which will account for two-thirds (66 percent) of total IP traffic by 2020.

Wired devices will account for only 34 percent. ● From 2015 to 2020, average broadband speeds will nearly double. ● By 2020, 82 percent of all consumer Internet traffic globally will be IP video traffic, up from 70 percent in 2015.


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