KENYA – Yelbridges, a Mauritius headquartered cyber security firm, said it will be setting up a US$1.5 million (Sh150 million) Virtual Conference Centre in Thika, Kenya that will offer training on cyber security to IT professionals in the country.
The centre will be fitted with ultra-modern facilities that will enable real simulation of a cyber attack and how to mount defence against it, incident response as well as other offerings to enhance skills and learning amongst security analysts and IT practitioners.
“According to the Africa cybersecurity report, 96 percent of cyber incidents either go unreported or unresolved and this is part of what the Virtual Conference Centre will focus on,” Yelbridges Chief Operating Officer Steve Mambo said.
“East Africa faces an acute cyber security skills gap with IT teams lacking the know-how on cyber defence skills against cyber-attacks,” he noted adding that the investment seeks to boost the defence against cyber-attacks.
Notably, the current cost of cyber-crimes
To further enhance cyber security skills in learning institutions, the company is partnering with varsities and digital Innovation hubs to scale up modern security skills amongst students and practitioners pursing IT security-related courses, reports Business Daily.
“Cyber4Growth programme targets both private and public organisations to raise the level of security awareness in East Africa. We want to ensure that we walk with organisations in Kenya and across East Africa.
“We also aim to promote the economic competitiveness of companies in the region by offering top-notch Cyber Defence Simulated training to IT professionals,” the COO said.