Training programme on cyber security in Kenya

Computer in Kenya - The Advocacy Project - FlickrThe training will also include hands-on activity using AfricaHackOn’s cloud infrastructure. (Image source: The Advocacy Project/Flickr)m:lab East Africa, in collaboration with AfricaHackOn, will hold a cyber security training programme aimed at both companies and individuals

The programmed targets companies who are looking to strengthen their cyber security defences and individuals who have interest in personal security online. Developed by AfricaHackOn, the programme identifies potential threats and seeks to cater to needs of both regular Internet users and corporate users. It aims to remove the lack of awareness about online risks; to impart required skills for online protection; to provide insight on how to utilise tools; to teach writing scripts and code; and to use information to help safeguard online presence and protect critical online resources.

Some of the specific threats that the programme hopes to arm participants against include theft of personal information, insider fraud, malicious software, websites and e-mail. It will also teach participants to develop strategies against cyber crime and will practically demonstrate how to properly conduct cyber security and penetration testing assessments.

The training will involve an extensive hands-on approach where participants get to both attack and investigate assets on AfricaHackOn’s cloud infrastructure. The practical sessions will be based on real-life scenarios which one is likely to encounter when carrying out assessments on respective assets.

AfricaHackOn is a technical computer security collective in East Africa. m:lab East Africa is a regional mobile applications laboratory for East Africa established through a seed grant from the World Bank in 2011. It offers services to foster mobile entrepreneurship in East Africa such as developer training, business incubation and applications testing.

The training programme will be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme will start in Septmeber and run till December 2015.

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