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Kenyan businesses warned on changing tactics of cyber criminals

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has advised individuals, businesses and other organizations, in the country, to remain watchful over new threats posed by cyber criminals.

This comes a few months after the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) alerted banks to “increase resilience to IT failures and cyber security incidents.” CBK also issued a guideline on dealing with cyber criminals and emerging threats.

An emerging threat is use of third-party software to compromise and steal data. In response, CA director-general, Christopher Kemei warned Kenyans against buying fake software, asking them to take precaution “when dealing with outsourced products and personnel.”

He termed free and low-cost cyber security software as potential threats, and a loopholes, to be avoided if possible. “The free anti-malware are used as a bait to lure unsuspecting users, while the real intention is to have the anti-malware installed into a system, then use it to capture personal and confidential data.

“This trend applies not only to anti-malware solutions but also any other third-party software”

This is of importance to small and medium-sized businesses in Kenya that are increasingly adopting computing tools to improve their productivity.

Kemei continued, “Organizations and Government institutions (should) properly vet software vendors in order to ascertain any concealed motive that might work against their interests, especially with products interacting with organization’s critical infrastructure.”

According to a survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistic (KNBS), the country lost around sh.18 billion to cyber crime in 2016.