East African Countries Unite against Foreign Cyber Attacks


Communications regulators in East Africa are teaming up to combat foreign attacks on communication equipments and systems in East Africa, a top official has said. Mr Patrick Mwesigwa, the executive director of Uganda Communication Commission said the five East African states are in the process of establishing coordinated Computer Emergence Response Teams (CERTs) aimed at detecting sources of attacks on regional networks by international internet criminals to secure users' information. CERTs are information, and technology communication expert groups that handle computer security incidents. UCC plans to establish Uganda's CERT in the new financial year that starts in July 2010. "We are doing this as a region with the help of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Impact, another international telecommunications organization based in Malaysia," Mr Mwesigwa said last week in Munyonyo during the East Africa Communications Organisations Committees. The move to establish the regions CERTs comes two months after regional Internet Service Providers like Africa Online, Broadband and others complained about the rise in cyber attacks.