East African cyber-security MSc launched

On the 4th May this year students will start enrolling in East Africa's first Information Security Master's of Science (MSc) programme for cyber-security professionals with the launch of a two-year higher degree at the private Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Aimed at chief information officers, network security engineers, information security architects, incident responders, penetration testers, forensic experts in defence, police services, quasi-government agencies and private enterprises, the course will also include distance learning, enabling students outside Nairobi to participate.

Dr Fred Matiangi, Kenya's cabinet secretary for information and communication noted that the course is aligned to Kenya's national cyber security policy, commenting at the launch: “We have to take action to impart our information security professionals with more advanced skills to counter (cyber) threats and vulnerabilities. The country, meanwhile, is losing more than Ksh 2 billion (£14.6 million) annually due to increased hacker activities.”

The course is being spearheaded by @iLabAfrica using its research centre facilities and those of its internationally funded technical partners Safaricom, Huawei, ICT Authority, EMC, Ericsson, Oracle, CISCO Academy, Softlock and Microsoft.

Dr Joseph Sevilla, director of @iLabAfrica, issued a statement saying: “Our objective is to convert the best resources we have in the country and region into high value experts in the field of information security to better face the threats against their enterprises and governments in the region.”

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