According to the board, online safety is currently a hot topic in “many circles and as more people and organisations are increasingly aware of the threats posed”, with more hostile cyber attacks that are difficult to identify being developed.
“As more and more critical data and infrastructure becomes networked, there is need for more sophisticated and responsive ways in dealing with these challenges. In view of this, Kenya is launching the first draft National Cyber Security Masterplan,” the Kenya ICT Board said in a statement.
The draft report that will recommend a minimum cyber security standard for the country’s private networks will also provide the government with a national level plan to secure its digital infrastructure.
All stakeholders in the IT field will be presented with the draft and invited to give their opinion on possible recommendations.
The draft comes at a time when the government is looking to digitalise most of its processes. According to Kenya ICT Board, the draft will look at how to secure government data and speed up this process.
The Kenyan government has been seeking ways to tackle the issue of ever-growing insecurity on the Internet. In December last year, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Bitange Ndemo said the government is planning to create digital IDs to curb rising online crimes.