Safaricom, a leading telecommunications company in Kenya, has hosted a gathering of nearly 400 cybersecurity industry leaders at a summit on Monday.
Themed ‘Becoming a Cyber Resilient Organisation,’ the event underscored the urgent need for businesses, governments, and individuals to invest in cutting-edge technologies to safeguard sensitive information and critical systems from the surging tide of cyber threats.
Safaricom’s Chief Corporate Security Officer, Nicholas Mulila, highlighted the professionalization of cybercrime, leading to an alarming surge in subtle and sophisticated attacks.
As per the Communications Authority of Kenya, the country experienced more than Sh123 million cyber threat events between July and September 2023, emphasizing the imperative for organizations to embrace innovative cybersecurity solutions.
Safaricom, renowned for its commitment to providing holistic solutions, offers an array of services encompassing security advisory, network security, online and data security, and cyber security operations.
The event also shed light on the government’s National Cybersecurity Strategy (2022-27), aimed at bolstering the nation’s digital defenses.
With the ever-evolving threat landscape, the summit served as a pivotal moment in addressing the pressing need for enhanced cybersecurity measures.
In attendance were esteemed dignitaries, including Jackson Makewa, Director of Cybersecurity, Department for Information Communications, and Colonel James Kimuyu, Director General of National Computer and Cybercrimes.
This cybersecurity initiative aligns with the ongoing Cybersecurity Awareness Month, marking a united front against the escalating threat of cybercrime in Kenya and beyond.