The Russian cyber security lab Kaspersky has announced it is opening an office in Kigali to bring closer its products and services in Rwanda and neighbouring countries.
Eugene Kaspersky the founder of Kaspersky Lab announced during a 30-minute interactive session with Patrick Nyirishema Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA).
The session is part of a series at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Kigali. Over 4000 delegates are attending this summit that concludes on Friday.
The Russian cyber security expert advises African countries to invest largely in cyber security Immune systems to be safer in the digital economy.
“Investing in immunity makes it very costly for the (bad guys) hackers or cyber terrorists to launch attacks against a national or institutional cyber system,” Kaspersky said, leaving many cyber technology enthusiasts marveling.
Currently several institutions and companies are largely investing in cyber security but Kaspersky’s approach is totally different – It is invest and Invest in Immunity of cyber systems.
“African countries should invest in IT security education because this will generate more skilled personnel capable of operating within the emerging digital economy of the continent,” Kaspersky said.
However, Nyirishema inquired more about these cyber Immunity solutions and how they are generated.
In response, Kaspersky urged any African country interested to start from zero by “Building infrastructure that is immune … If you have the plan to develop your own systems from zero do so from immune platforms.”
He said his company is ready to establish partnerships with local companies to share expertise.