DIANI – The government has acknowledged cybercrime is a major threat to the development of the ICT sector. Speaking at the ongoing Connected East Africa technology conference, ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said that the government is concerned at the rise in cyber security compromises.

He said the government was dealing with “many cases” on cyber security. “The ICT Authority is working with other players in the ICT space to counter the threat, such as TESPOK in an effort to make cyber space secure,” said Mr Matiang’i when he officially opened the conference.

He announced that the government is taking bold steps to deal with cyber criminals. Currently, he added, his ministry is in talks with the director of public prosecutions to come up with tough new legislation on cybercrime, and called on Members of Parliament to support it when it is taken to the House for debate.

“We should strike a delicate balance between freedoms and security,” he said.


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