Increase in internet penetration however, comes with a new challenge-escalation in cyber crime.
Cyber crime is any criminal act committed through computers and networks. It also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet. It affects government departments, businesses like banks as well as individuals.
Such crimes include cyber stalking; fraud and identity theft; information warfare and phishing scams.
Rwanda National Police Spokesperson, Damas Gatare, acknowledges the gravity of the matter.
"Cyber crime is an emerging security threat, not only in
He added that RNP has an officer attached to the central bank to help monitor such crimes.
Currently, about 2.1 million Rwandans access internet services and the country targets 95 per internet access by 2017.
Yet as the numbers grow and so are security concerns.
According to Janvier Mucyo, the Corporate Banking Manager of Bank of
"Our systems are fire-walled and we are keeping tabs with the latest technologies on the market. Our IT staff is well trained to tackle such issues. We are always enhancing our business continuity plans-meaning that in case of anything, we have alternatives on how to migrate systems and be able to continue serving our customers," Mucyo noted.
Last year, supporters of the
At the same time, 47 percent of South African smart phone users experienced mobile cybercrime in the 12 months compared to 38 percent globally.
Protection must focus on the information 'not the device or data center. Understand where your sensitive data resides and where it is flowing to help identify the best policies and procedures to protect it.
Provide guidance on information protection, including company policies and procedures for protecting sensitive data on personal and corporate devices.
Strengthen your security infrastructure with data loss prevention, network security, endpoint security, encryption, strong authentication and defensive measures, including reputation-based technologies.
Passwords are the keys to your kingdom. Use password management software to create strong, unique passwords for each site you visit and keep your devices - including smartphones - updated with the latest security software.
Review bank and credit card statements for irregularities, be cautious when handling unsolicited or unexpected emails and be wary of online offers that seem too good to be.
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