Cyber Attack Incidents in Kenya Drop with The Enhancement of Detection Systems

The sector statistics report indicates that the cyber threat events detected dropped by 9.81 per cent, with a record 3 million cyber threat advisories issued, up from 73, 851 in the preceding quarter. ‘‘This is attributed mainly to the recent enhancement and upgrading of the National KE-CIRT systems,’’ notes the report

By Our Investigative Team

The enhancement of cyber detection systems at the National Computer Incident Response Team (National KE-CIRT) based at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has resulted in a significant drop in cyber-attacks due to improved cyber threat detection and mitigation in the three months to December 2021, a report released recently shows.

The sector statistics report indicates that the cyber threat events detected dropped by 9.81 per cent, with a record 3 million cyber threat advisories issued, up from 73, 851 in the preceding quarter. ‘‘This is attributed mainly to the recent enhancement and upgrading of the National KE-CIRT systems,’’ notes the report.

During the same period, 59.58 million mobile phone devices were connected to mobile networks out of which 33.06 million were feature phones and 26.51 million smartphones. The penetration levels of feature phones and smartphones stood at 67.9 and 54.5 per cent respectively.

The Authority also issued 26 licenses for radio and television broadcasting services while the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) coverage increased to 91.28 per cent. In the same period, there were 137 Free-to-Air television stations and 186 FM radio stations on air in the country

The report shows that the uptake of mobile money services has continued to grow to 35.2 million, raising the mobile money penetration to 72.3 per cent up from 71 per cent. Data/Internet and broadband subscriptions stood at 46.35 million and 29.15 million respectively while the total mobile broadband subscriptions stood at 28.36 million.

In fixed data subscriptions, Safaricom PLC recorded the highest market share at 36.8 per cent, followed by Wananchi Group (Kenya) Limited and Jamii Telecommunications Limited at 28.7 and 19.7 per cent respectively.

The Authority issued 26 licenses for radio and television broadcasting services while the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) coverage increased to 91.28 per cent. In the same period, there were 137 Free-to-Air television stations and 186 FM radio stations on air in the country. The period also saw the number of dot ke (.KE) domains stand at 94,526 with the. CO.KE sub-domain accounting for 90.5 per cent of the users.

The number of letters sent during the period grew by 26.6 per cent to stand at 312,172 while the volume of courier items sent out locally increased by 19 per cent owing to gift exchanges during the festive season.

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