Rwanda gets 1000 daily cyber attacks

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 17 February 2016 saa 02:42
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The Ministry of Youth and ICT says that Rwanda receives 1000 cyber threats per day but are all repelled. The ministry adds that there is a need of establishing proactive protection measures before attacks break through the cyber defense walls.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana revealed this yesterday while presenting to parliamentarians the draft law establishing a National Cyber Security Authority.

Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency are institutions which already have responsibilities of addressing cyber crimes to avoid any external access to confidential information.

Nsengimana said that with the right capacities, institutions can easily identify essential software needed to resist cyber attacks. “We receive 1000 cyber attacks per day which are all stopped,” he said.

The Minister said t is difficult for one person to prevent cyber crimes adding that the police will keep building capacities to pursue cyber crimes and some cyber protection infrastructures have been completed.

“For most cyber crimes they first rob one’s identities which they use in wrong acts hence diverting investigations as it takes in the direction of innocent people whose identities were robbed,” he said.

Today, 35% of Rwandans use internet of whom the majority, about 95 % of users access it via mobile telephones.

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The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana