Kenya Methodist University, (KeMU) in collaboration with the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council) has launched globally recognized professional courses in IT Security, in a bid to address some of the major loopholes in the current IT industry in Kenya.
This is a major milestone in the IT Security field in Kenya and in the region. According to the report, "A Human Capital Crisis in Cybersecurity", released in November 2010 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a critical element of a robust cybersecurity strategy is having the right people at every level to identify, build and staff the defenses and responses of IT networks and infrastructures.
Private enterprises and governments continue to invest heavily, sometimes in billions of shillings, on IT networks and infrastructure. However, little emphasis is often paid to the security of these networks, or of the data and information contained in them. Examples in Kenya include the often reported losses incurred by the local banking and insurance industries due to IT/Cyber fraud. Besides money, many corporate enterprises also continue to lose proprietary/confidential information, trade secrets, growth strategies, etc to either internal or external forces.
The report by CSIS, which mainly assesses the status of cybersecurity in the United States, states; "we not only have a shortage of the highly technically skilled people required to operate and support systems already deployed, but also an even more desperate shortage of people who can design secure systems, write safe code and create the ever more sophisticated tools needed to prevent, detect, mitigate and reconstitute losses from damage due to system failures and malicious acts". The report cites availability of approximately 1,000 skilled specialists in US currently, against an ideal requirement of 30,000