NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16- Cybersecurity experts have called for increased uptake in training cybersecurity professionals to help tame cyber crimes projected to increase in the coming years.
Speaking at 6th edition of the AfricaHackOn cybersecurity conference held at USIU-Africa and Safaricom’s Head of Cyber Security, James Yogo noted that it was imperative for companies to have strategies such as trained individuals to deal with cybersecurity threats.
“The trend of hiring ethical hackers is slowly catching on and gaining momentum as one of the ways to deal with the increasing threat of cybersecurity. Such programs address the growing technology advancements which in turn present advanced threats and infiltrations,” he said.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ruthie Rono echoed these sentiments by indicating the emerging trends in the job market will require skilled professionals to help manage the anticipated risks.
“We are experiencing a different shift in technology and we need equipped personnel in big data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, software engineering, and information security among others.
Microsoft estimates that by 2020, there will be 4 billion people online, 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet and data volumes will be 50 times greater than they were in 2016, swelling risks of cyber-attacks.
Recently, Serianu estimated the cost of cybercrime in Kenya to be USD 175 million in 2016, an increase from the USD 150 million reported in 2015.
This glaring figure indicates that that most organizations are not treating cybersecurity as a serious threat and will most likely outsource this role to a service provider.
Last month, Communications Authority revealed that Kenyan organizations were hit by about 11.2 million cyber threats, is a 10.1 percent increase in the number of incidences, in the first three months of 2019 when compared to the previous quarter.
The organizations incident response center detected growing cases of malware, web application attacks, system misconfiguration, and online abuse.