While presenting and elaborating on the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF), Defence Minister Gen James Kabarebe said there was a need for the military to develop the IT department and that focus will be on putting its efforts in curbing cybercrime.
Gen Kabarebe said Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) needed to take up the task of maintaining cyber security and also be involved in other security-threatening aspects that concern the citizenry rather than doing the usual patrols.
"We are in the IT age and the objective is to prevent any dangers that come with its own vulnerabilities," said Gen Kabarebe. "As we enter this era, which
"And this is about the country; any of our institutions can be attacked – the central bank,
The MoD has started putting measures in place and training of staff in the project, which will take over Rwf1 billion and out of the estimated Rwf64.7 billion needed for next year's planned activities.
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Cybercrime remains a threat and a big challenge to
A survey conducted by Deloitte last year shows banks in
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Globally, cybercrime has risen, accounting for 38 per cent of economic crime incidents compared with 16 per cent for other industries, according to a
At least 400 female soldiers have been trained and tagged for running this section, with Gen Kabarebe saying that women have a greater advantage over men in this area of crime prevention.
He said besides the training conducted and infrastructure put in place, at least Rwf1.1 billion will be needed to have the project operational.
He added that, unlike in the past when girls and boys were not treated equally during recruitment into the military, times have changed and hiring will be in line with quality not quantity.
He argued that hiring female recruits just to fill the numbers and then have them spend hours in patrols in harsh weather would be gender insensitive and contrary to the country's policies.
According to Youth and ICT Minister
"We are carrying out awareness campaigns on emerging cyber threats and building capacity to respond to such attacks in case they occur," he said, noting that effective prevention is the only solution to minimise cyber costs brought about by hacking, which continues to escalate in size and intensity.
The 2013/2014 budgetary allocation to the ICT sector saw billions of francs set aside to establish a line of defence against immediate threats resulting from a digitised economy.
Consequences of cyber attacks include leaking of national security confidential information, destruction of research material that have no backup and sale of trade secrets to competitors.
In February, 31
Police say cybercrime rates in
With an Internet penetration rate rising from 0.01 per cent in 2003 to 7.04 per cent by
Article 312 of the Rwandan Penal Code says any person who, fraudulently or in any way, accesses and remains in another person's automated data processing system or similar systems with intent to finding out electronically stored or transmitted data, regardless of the location, is liable to a term of imprisonment of between one to three years and a fine of Rwf1 million to Rwf3 million.
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