Building Capacity for Cybersecurity Professionals

Felix Ngige from CYberSpeakLC gives his remarks

If you are finding jobs elusive these days, you must not be in Cybersecurity. According to recent estimates by the Forbes Technology Council, there will be a shortage of as many as 3.5 million cyber security professionals globally by the year 2021.

In Kenya, it is estimated that despite the formation of the Communications Authority of Kenya’s National Computer Incident Response Team in 2012, and the Development of a National cyber security Strategy in 2014, Kenya continues to lose an estimated Ksh 2 billion, yearly through cybercrime.

Cybersecurity experts from CyberSpeakLC urged JKUAT students to step up and grab the opportunities in the scarcely exploited niche saying it was now their responsibility to stop the malicious hackers who continue targeting the slowly digitizing institutions and infringing on information privacy in the process.

The experts were speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology during the Hacker Village Workshop organized by the School of Computing and Information Technology July 25, 2019.

The workshop which focused on system security and digital forensics and incorporated technical, practical, demos and hacks, was aimed at building capacity for cyber security.

The initiative offered a chance to students who have cybersecurity skills sets to showcase them. The forum was also used to select students who will be considered for employment and internship opportunities.

AG.Director, School of Computing and Information Technology, Dr. Michael Kimwele, said the workshop was used as a sensitization platform for the ever changing computer science landscape.

A section of the students during training

“The weakest link in Cybersecurity is the person. You will be less targeted by hackers once you are aware about the guidelines in cybersecurity. This initiative is an opportunity to sensitize our students on the emerging issues in this profession,” said, Dr. Kimwele.

Dr. Kimwele revealed that plans were underway to offer a Master of Science in Cybersecurity at JKUAT while stating that similar workshops were also in the works.

Dedan Ndung’u, a 2nd year student pursuing Computer Science, lauded the initiative saying it was an informative training on the current trends in cybersecurity which gives practical insight on the profession.

Dedan expressed his gratitude to the University for the opportunity, terming it an opportunity to learn from the experts, create useful networks and a niche for particular interest in the job market.



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