Cyber experts to assess Kenya’s readiness of combating cybercrime

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By Chrispinus Omar NAIROBI, (Xinhua) — Cyber security experts from the world are due to meet in Nairobi next week for an international conference aimed at assessing the readiness of Kenya to combat cybercrime.

The Kenya 2014 Cyber Security Conference will provide an opportunity to review the outcomes from the previous conference, chart a way forward as well as disseminate advancements and trends in the security sector, organizers said on Tuesday in Nairobi.

“We have noted that the trend globally is for a public private partnership approach to solving cybercrime problems,” said William Makatiani, Managing Director of Serianu Limited, a local cyber security consulting and intelligence firm.

Serianu Limited has teamed up with experts from Canada, Singapore, South Africa, India and the United States to organize the conference.

The June 11 conference is a follow up to the inaugural conference held in 2012 that provided a basis/benchmark for the state of cyber security readiness in the country and region. Continue reading

US retailers set up center for cyber intelligence sharing

Posted on 15 May 2014.
The US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several of America’s most recognized retail brands, launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).
The R-CISC is an independent organization, the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC). Among those companies participating with and supportive of the R-CISC are American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, J.C. Penney, Lowe’s, Nike, Safeway, Target, VF and Walgreens.

Through the R-CISC, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the US Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers. Continue reading