Kenya saw a decline in reported cyber threats between July to September 2019




Kenya recorded a decline in the number of cyber threat events reported to the Kenya National Computer Incident Response Team/Coordination Centre (KE-CIRT/CC) between July and September last year according to the latest industry statistics from regulator Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

During the period covering July to September 2019, the National KE-CIRT/CC detected 25.2-million cyber threat events as compared to 26.6 million cyber threat events detected in the period between April to June 2019.

According to the KE-CIRT/CC, this 5.2 percent decrease is attributed to a huge reduction in DDoS/Botnet attacks as a result of proactive action taken, as demonstrated by increased number of cyber threat advisories issued during the quarter.

The National KE-CIRT/CC has deployed various cyber threat detection systems towards enhancing Kenya’s national cyber security readiness and resilience.

A majority of the reported cyber threat events were malware related, followed by DDoS (or Botnet) attacks. This was followed by Web application attacks and system vulnerabilities.

“As the trusted national point of contact on cyber security matters, the National KE-CIRT/CC analyzed the cyber threat events and issued cyber threat advisories to the affected critical information infrastructure service providers. During the quarter under review, the National KE-CIRT/CC issued 17,127 advisories, which is a 4.8 percent increase from the 16,347 advisories sent out in the previous period of April – June 2019,” notes the CA report.

In terms of internet subscriptions, CA notes that Kenya has continued to exhibit positive growth over past years due to various factors including increasing population coverage of 3G and 4G networks, availability of affordable smartphones and data plans, and increasing consumption of e-commerce, e-government, social media and other online content.

During the quarter under review, the total data (or internet) subscriptions rose by 4.1 per cent to 52.0 million, from 49.9 million reported in the previous quarter. Mobile data subscriptions accounted for 99.3 of total data subscriptions. The number of internet subscriptions stood at 52.0 million during the period under review, with 48.5 percent (25.2 million subscriptions) being broadband.

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