- Digital extortion, ransomware, online scams such as phishing and business email compromise are some of the biggest cyber threats in Africa.
- Report by Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) says online threats in the country have recorded some slight decline in recent past.
Nigeria based cybersecurity firm CyberSOC Africa has tapped Kenya as East Africa's launch pad in its cybersecurity expansion bid.
It says the move seeks to extend its expertise to safeguard organisations in the country and the region at large, while accelerating e-commerce.
"This strategic move seeks to empower Kenyan organisations to thrive within a secure digital environment, making significant strides toward realizing the country's ambitious digital transformation goals and e-commerce," said CyberSOC chairman Nir Kunik.
He added that the kenyan office will strengthen regional governments and the private sector's capacity to respond to cyber threats as more services and transactions move online.
"It will also serve as the East African headquarters and will be dedicated to promoting cybersecurity awareness and education, as well as providing resources and tools to keep government agencies, businesses, and organisations safe from cyber attacks."
This, as cyber threats continue to evolve, with the landscape continuing to witness unprecedented challenges.
Report by consulting firm PwC, shows the number of cyber attacks is on the decline with criminals perpetrating fewer targets.
Latest report by Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), echoes this saying online threats in the country have recorded some slight decline.
"The numbers declined by 25.6 per cent to 139.8 million for the three-month period to June this year, from 187.8 million recorded in the previous quarter," the report reads.
However, it was noted that criminals have become increasingly sophisticated and exploiting vulnerabilities in new and innovative ways, a move businesses should be wary about.
CyberSOC therefore reiterates that the new office will be a key part of the efforts to promote cybersecurity awareness and education, and to provide the resources and tools needed to continue transacting online.
"We provide threat detection and response, threat intelligence, security awareness training and compliance assistance, helping businesses achieve compliance with relevant and up-to-date cybersecurity regulations and standards," said Brian Mang’oli, the firm's regional sales manager East Africa.
"The imperatives of addressing rising cyber threats, risks, and exploits, compounded by a global shortage of cybersecurity experts, underscored the pressing need for a tailored cybersecurity solution in the African market."
The firm's CEO Shai Nuni highlighted digital extortion, ransomware, online scams such as phishing and business email compromise as some of the biggest cyber threats in Africa.
“As African countries move to incorporate digital infrastructure into all aspects of society, including government, business and banking, it is vital to promote a strong cybersecurity framework," Nuni said.