E-Citizen Platform Under Siege ;Owalo Confirms
The eCitizen platform, a vital hub for accessing over 5,000 government services in Kenya, recently experienced a cyber attack, as confirmed by Information, Communication and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.
In an interview with Spice FM on Thursday morning, Owalo acknowledged the hacking incident that was reported earlier this week, saying that cyber-attacks are a prevalent threat worldwide.
During the interview, Owalo disclosed that the hackers attempted to jam the system by inundating it with an excessive number of requests, causing a slowdown.
However, he reassured the public that the security measures in place effectively thwarted the attack, preventing any unauthorized access to sensitive data and ensuring no information was lost.
Despite the cyber-attack, CS Owalo emphasized the need for continued digitization of services, arguing that a risk-averse approach should not hinder the country’s progress in adopting advanced technological solutions.
Instead, he underscored the importance of constructing a comprehensive risk mitigation framework to ensure sustainable digitalization in the face of potential threats.
“We cannot halt the digitalization of our records and services merely due to fear of risks. It is essential to build resilience against cyber-attacks while moving forward with technology adoption,” he stated
To enhance the nation’s cyber defense capabilities, the government has formed a multifaceted team dedicated to proactively monitoring global cyber security trends. This specialized team will draw from international best practices in cyber threat mitigation and develop appropriate measures to safeguard the country’s digital infrastructure.
The concerns over the eCitizen cyber-attack arose when Kenyan citizens reported difficulties accessing the platform earlier this week. As of now, some users are still facing challenges accessing eCitizen services, though the authorities are working diligently to rectify the situation.