Increased insecurity on the Internet in
SoftLock, an Egyptian information security firm which partnered with
The increased activity by the IT security providers is mainly driven by the improved international Internet traffic provided by the four undersea cable fibre optics, TEAMs, SEACOM, EASSy and LION but which has exposed many corporate as well as small and medium-sized enterprises to cyber crimes.
A recent data by Telecommunication Service Providers of
The hacker can then force servers or web browsers to disclose confidential information.
Mariposa, a trojan horse — a malicious software that pretends to provide legitimate services — also gives hackers remote control of computers.
"As broadband infrastructure in the region continues to evolve, the opportunity for cybercriminal activity increases. As more people move towards a digital way of life, cybercriminals see an opportunity to exploit this for their own gain," said
"It is for this very reason that we are passionate about creating awareness of IT security in the region, as well as being able to offer appropriate solutions to this market."
Kaspersky says that although
While Kaspersky and Norton mainly deal with solutions to mitigate risks such as computer virus infections, a bigger challenge has been human capacity to address some of the security threats, which the partnership between Strathmore and Softlock intend to address.
The digital security academy seeks to support capacity development for critical data and information protection — a key source of insecurity and financial losses for governments and enterprises in the region.
"We set out to establish a world-class cyber security training academy to offer hands-on training to experts in sensitive fields a while back and today we are happy to launch the
Dr Sevilla said that 90 per cent of the training at the academy would be hands-on, and targets high level experts in enterprises including chief information officers, information security managers, system administrators and IT professionals.
The Strathmore partnership comes on the backdrop of a growing demand for cyber security experts due to the rising number of related cyber crimes that have seen the government lose some of experts it had trained in this field to the private sector due to low pay.
Last year, more than 100 government websites were attacked, as it lost four of six security experts it had trained to the private companies.
The Strathmore deal becomes the latest in a string of industry-university partnerships in
SoftLock will equip the university with
Last year, US technology firm IBM partnered with
The three universities will have free access to IBM's experts, real time global case studies from a range of industries and an extensive library of IT curricula for computer science, business and other degree programmes.
"This is possibly the most advanced such training curricular and centre in East and
"Pervasive social media applications like WhatsApp and
The arrival on undersea fibre optic cables to
"While this certainly indicates that
Consumers and businesses need to be equipped with the right tools and understand how to protect themselves from falling victims to cyber criminals.
The experts say that the starting point to getting it right is to ensure some basic form of protection on devices being used to access the Internet — personal computers, smartphones and tablets, among others — such as anti-virus solution for PCs or mobile security solutions for Android devices.
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