Cybersecurity among key agenda items at Connected Summit 2017

Cybersecurity will be one of the main agenda items of the Connected Summit 2017. This follows the rapid rise of cybercrime as hackers increasingly target the Kenyan digital economy amidst continued proliferation of financial technology and internet banking.

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Speaking when he received sponsorship cheques totaling to Kshs 17 million from players in the ICT sector, Robert Mugo, the ICT Authority (ICT-A) CEO noted that new financial transactions platforms come with a new risk profile that has necessitated stakeholders in the financial technology space to focus on balancing innovation with prudent risk management.

Deliberations from the forum, will then help the country map a future of economic prosperity using ICTs based solutions, as well as review achievements and lessons learnt in both public and private sector.

Other topics apaart from cybersecurity slated for discussion include Internet of Things (IoT), innovation for service delivery and business, innovation as enabler of development, the future of technology in education and analytics and big data among others.

The ICT-A boss observed that the fact that private entities in this era actively collect and keep citizens’ data was becoming a concern a people increasingly question how this data is used. One of the key objectives of the Connected Summit is to develop and recommend policy, regulatory and operational interventions necessary to ensure management of citizens’ data for mutual benefit of both the Government and private Sector.

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