cyber crime

Rwandan has embarked on a national cyber security campaign to raise public awareness regarding crime committed via the Internet.
cybercrimeThe small Central African nation’s interest in becoming a regional Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub has raised a red flag as most Rwandans are unaware of cyber security threats that come with technology evolution.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday shortly after launching a two- week national drive, Jean Philbert Nsegimana, Rwandan minister of youth and ICT said that the country is taking proactive measures to counter cyber security threats.
“As our country continues to advance ICT in the social and economic transformation of people, we should be aware that cyber security threats are there to weaken our technology systems and steal our vital information,” he said.
“So our connectivity brings extraordinary benefits to our daily lives, but it also brings risks. And when companies get hacked, and people lose their information including financial information, this will make their lives upside down and that is why we want Rwandans to know more about cyber threats so that they can be in position to safeguard themselves from these attacks,” Nsengimana added.
He stated that the campaign will cut across the country and will involve trainings geared towards enabling people learn how to safeguard their online information from cyber security threats.
The campaign dubbed ‘Stay Safe Online will enable the general public understand the consequences of cyber attacks that include, among others, leaking national security confidential information, destroying research materials with no backup and sale of trade secrets to competitors.
Under Article 285 to 305 of the Rwanda Penal Code, Cyber crimes are punishable by law.
The post-Genocide country last month approved the National Cyber Security Policy. This is the first time the country puts in place such a policy.
The policy seeks to safeguard public and private infrastructure from cyber attacks and personal information of web users, financial/banking information and sovereign data.
The cyber policy includes strengthening the regulatory framework, promotion of research and development in cyber security; human resource development; creating cyber security awareness; and information sharing and cooperation.
Under the new policy, Rwanda will set up a department fully dedicated to fight these internet-based criminal acts.
The 2015 World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology report that was released last week put Rwanda on top position among countries in the world that have significantly succeeded to promote ICT in socio-economic pillars of development.
Last year Rwanda rolled out 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4GLTE) internet network. The country targets to have 95 percent of citizens connected to internet by 2017. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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