ITU’s Support in Kenya’s Cybersecurity Efforts
In line with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recommendations, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)/International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), has been offering its Member States technical support towards the establishment of their national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs). This initiative is under the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) whose objective is to put technical measures in place to combat new and evolving cyber-threats.
Following the approval by the East African Communications Organization (EACO) Congress for the EA Member States to work with the ITU on the establishment of their national CIRTs, the Communications Authority of Kenya entered into an Administrative Agreement with the ITU in February 2012 for the establishment of the National KE-CIRT/CC.
Thereafter in April 2012, the Communications Authority formed the National KE-CIRT/CC Cybersecurity Committee (NKCC) to facilitate the establishment of the National KE-CIRT/CC, as well as oversee the operations of the National KE-CIRT/CC. The NKCC is chaired by the Communications Authority and draws its membership from the Government, the private sector, Law Enforcement, the Banking sector and public utility service providers, among others.
In October 2012, the Commission commissioned Phase 1 of the National KE-CIRT/CC. The National KE-CIRT/CC is offers technical services in the management of Cybersecurity.