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New data shows that Cyber attacks have reduced in Kenya.

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Cyber attacks in Kenya down 59.9pc on improved security-CA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9- Kenyan organizations have continued to witness a decrease in cyber-attacks which recorded a 59 percent drop in the period between April to June 2020, new data shows.

Data by the Communication Authority of Kenya for the financial year 2019/2020 reveals that CA’s cyber intelligence team recorded a decline in cases hitting 13.9 million from 34.6 million witnessed in the previous quarter.

“During the Fourth Quarter, theNational Kenya Computer Incident Response Team/Coordination Centre detected 13.9 million cyber threat attempts, which was a 59.9 percent decrease from the 34.6-million cyber threat attempts detected in the previous quarter,” the regulator said in its report for quarter 4.

The authority has attributed the drop in cyberattacks to the companies’ ability in beefing up their security system thus preventing the attacks.

“This decrease was attributed to timely incident response mechanisms and increased endpoint security measures adopted to protect end-user devices,” said the CA.

Consequently, the National KE-CIRT/CC issued 20,864 advisories to the affected organizations,  a 16.8 percent increase compared to the 17,844 advisories issued during the previous quarter.

Web application attacks have however, remained on the rise with quarter four highlighting over a million threats up from 582,281.

This represented an increase of 89.4 percent increase.

The data follows a recently released report by Kaspersky which showed that Kenya reported some of the highest cyber-attacks in Africa in the first seven months of 2020, as compared to South Africa and Nigeria.

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Kenyans witnessed an increase in malware attacks, around 14 million, and 41 million potentially unwanted programmes.

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