Kenya Hacking Possibly Opening Doors to Quantum Computing
Cybersecurity is a central challenge of our digital age; Microsoft Hosts Cybersecurity event in Nairobi
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+ Several Kenyan government and public service websites were hacked early this year rendering services unavailable. According to the Communications Authority of Kenya, cyber-attacks in Kenya increased by 167% from October to December 2018. This cybersecurity firm Serianu Ltd says cost the Kenyan economy about 29.5B KSH [286M USD]. The firm also shared from their report that African businesses lost US$3.5bn in 2018 from cybercrime. With Kenya being one of the hardest hit countries in the region per the report.
“The use of AI to combat cybersecurity to fill crucial gaps by analyzing a vast ocean of threat data to prevent attacks before they occur is a factor that organisations, through partnering with the correct solutions provider, remains pivotal. Furthermore, the cloud is and still will be imperative to securing the modern workplace. Lastly, quantum computing, although still in its infancy will require threat analysts to keep an eye on what advances in quantum computing would mean for security in 2019 and beyond.”
+ At a cybersecurity roundtable event, Microsoft shared emerging security trends highlighted in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. Emphasizing its commitment to protect and provide a safer and more trusted platform to its customers in the region. The report shows Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia are top countries mostly impacted by ransomware and cryptocurrency mining malware.
+ “It is critical for companies to strengthen their core security hygiene. (Across things like monitoring, antivirus, patch and operating systems), adopt modern platforms and comprehensive identity, security and management solutions“.
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