EAC need to address downsides of regional integration

Posted on April 25, 2014 11:58 pm

Stronger attacks in cyberspace are expected in the East African region with major data breaches happening every week and advanced mobile banking attacks are set to increase. The regional security experts have pointed out that cyber criminal activities are becoming more difficult to track and complex to solve, as evidenced in the hacked government websites. Every East African netizens’ computers are still under threat from old viruses, file infectors and adware that are still rampantly infecting units. With old and new threats impending to infiltrate computer units in the region, a new report commissioned by interested stakeholders urged East Africans computer users to improve cyber defenses and secure information better. The region is experiencing sophistication of threats expanding at a rapid pace, which are impacting individuals, businesses and governments alike.

According to the report, malicious applications for the Android system will reach one million in East Africa this year and mobile banking will be compromised through Man-in-the-Middle attacks, an online attack where the attacker monitors messages between two people, which will make two-step verifications invaluable. And the cyber crooks have continued to thwart the efforts of law enforcement to address cyber crime in the region. The region’s bureaucrats wants to promotes the rule of law and assists member states to address governance, security and public health challenges in East Africa. Within these issues, each country will assist with data collection, research and global trend analysis; expert policy guidance on legal and international frameworks as well as technical assistance and capacity building. Regional programmes are expected to support and improve the ability of states to respond to security and rule of law challenges. As the first integrated East African regional programme, it was developed through extensive research and focuses primarily on regional crime and drug challenges that are best addressed through coordinated cross-border.

Contador Harrison