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Strathmore signs Sh2.6bn Cyber Security training deal

Strathmore University has partnered with an Egyptian company to offer information and security studies to curb cyber crimes.


The Sh2.6 billion programme will be offered at iLab Africa Centre, an initiative by Strathmore University, which specialises in information technology research and enterprise incubation.

Under the partnership, SoftLock Digital Security Academy will equip the university with the needed infrastructure at a cost of $30 million (Sh2.62 billion) while the institution implements the project.

The training programme, which targets security experts seeking to upgrade their skills, is expected to kick off next month.


The short-term programme will also pave the way for a Masters in Security Information degree the university plans to launch next year.


Joseph Sevilla, director of @iLabAfrica at Strathmore University, said that the new course would boost the experts’ capacity to protect data and information systems, a major source of insecurity and financial losses that governments and enterprises grapple with in the region.


“We set out to establish a cyber security course to offer hands-on training to experts in sensitive fields through our partner SoftLock Digital Security Academy,” said Dr Sevilla during the launch of the programme at the university in Nairobi.


“Ninety per cent of the training at the academy is hands-on, keeping up with the high standards of training at Strathmore University and the institution’s assurance on quality training.’’

Abdulrahman Al-kassar, a senior manager at SoftLock Security, said that the facility would narrow down its training to cyber crime prevention mechanisms.


“This is possibly the most advanced training curricular and centre in East and Central Africa,” he said, adding that the threats to information security are dynamic and continue to adopt the latest technologies.


“Pervasive social media applications like WhatsApp and Facebook are now being used to harvest data and for spying,” said the official.


SOURCE: Business Daily, 18/09/2013