Plans are underway for Rwanda to establish a fully-fledged Regional Cyber Centre that will help combat related crimes, analysis and improve its capabilities in this domain.
The cyber facility project is sponsored by the Japanese government.
On Monday, Takayuki Miyashita Japanese envoy to Rwanda met with Rwanda Investigation Bureau Secretary General Col Jeannot Ruhunga at the Bureau’s Headquarters in Kimihurura.
They discussed about the Japanese sponsored project of a Regional Cyber center to be built.
As Rwanda is seeking to become a regional ICT hub and adopting a paperless economy, there are corresponding threats that the country has to prepare for.
The information system of a government is one of the most targeted objects of the malicious activities in the cyber world.
The continuous monitoring of the government networks and preparedness to the possible attacks have become ever important than ever.
Three billion people are now connected to the Internet through cyberspace. This figure is growing rapidly and is estimated to reach 5 billion people, using 50 billion devices, by 2020.
According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) the fastest growth in Internet users today is in developing countries – in Asia and Africa in particular.
For ITU, Cyber security is the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace and is essential even as more people get connected to the internet across of the world.
This Regional Cyber centre will have the capacity to protect Rwanda against external and internal cyber threats.
What does an Ideal Cyber Security Centre Do?
An ideal Cyber Security Center strives to ensure a secure and resilient cyber and communications infrastructure that supports national/ regional security, a vibrant economy, and the health and safety of all citizens.
To achieve this, a Cyber Security Centre should:
- Focus on proactively coordinating the prevention and mitigation of those cyber and telecommunications threats that pose the greatest risk to the Nation;
- Pursue whole-of-nation operational integration by broadening and deepening engagement with its partners through information sharing to manage threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents.
- Break down the technological and institutional barriers that impede collaborative information exchange, situational awareness, and understanding of threats and their impact.
- Maintain a sustained readiness to respond immediately and effectively to all cyber and telecommunications incidents of national security.
- Serve stakeholders as a national centre of excellence and expertise for cyber and telecommunications security issues.
- Protect the privacy and constitutional rights of the citizens in the conduct of its mission.