Kenya has been ranked third after Rwanda and Mauritius among most African countries committed to cyber security according to the second edition of Global Cybersecurity Index report.
Globally, Kenya is ranked 45th.
“Kenya provides a good example of cooperation through its National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (National KECIRT/CC).
Rwanda, ranked second in Africa, scores high in the organizational pillar and has a standalone cybersecurity policy addressing both the public and private sector. It is also committed to develop a stronger cybersecurity industry to ensure a resilient cyber space.
Mauritius is the top ranked country in the Africa region. It scores particularly high in the legal and the technical areas. The Botnet Tracking and Detection project allows Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU) to proactively take measures to curtail threats on different networks within the country. Capacity building is another area where Mauritius does well.”
The survey released by the International Telecommunications Union measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal, technical and organisational measures, capacity building and international cooperation.
The GCI-2017 measures countries’ commitment to cybersecurity and helps them to identify areas for improvement. Through the information collected, it aims to illustrate the practices in use so that ITU Member States can identify gaps and implement selected activities suitable to their national environment – with the added benefits of helping to harmonize practices and fostering a global culture of cybersecurity.
In a statement, Brahima Sanou, Director of Telecommunication Bureau at ITU, said, “Governments across the world recognize that digital transformation has the power to further the prosperity and wellbeing of their citizens. In supporting this transformation, they also recognize that cybersecurity must be an integral and indivisible part of technological progress.”
“While the impact generated by cyber-attacks, such as those carried out as recently as 27 June 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place. The GCI reaffirms ITU’s commitment to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General.
One-hundred and thirty-four Member States responded to the survey.
The first edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index was launched in 2014.
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