By Zawadi Fundi
A Kenyan Information Technology firm is set to build a Sh150 million cyber security training centre in Thika.
This is in a bid to step up training of cyber security professionals in the country in the light of rising cases of cyber threats and attacks.
Yelbridges plans to set up a Virtual Conference Centre in Thika that will offer training on cybersecurity to IT professionals in the country.
Yelbridges Head of Marketing Lisa Cherono said the centre will be equipped with state of the art facilities to simulate cyber-attacks and launch defence against them.
Speaking in Embu during a partnership meeting with local banks Cherono said according to the Africa cybersecurity report, 96% of cyber incidents either go unreported or unresolved.
“This is part of what the Virtual Conference centre will focus on. In Africa, there are less than 10,000 certified cybersecurity professionals to protect a population of over 1.3 billion people across the continent,” she said.
Cherono added that East Africa faces an acute cyber security skills gap with IT teams lacking the know-how on cyber defence skills against cyber-attacks.
A recent survey indicates that 90 per cent of organisations in Kenya operates below globally acceptable cyber security standards.
To further enhance cybersecurity skills in learning institutions, the company is partnering with universities and digital Innovation hubs to scale up modern security skills amongst students and practitioners pursuing IT security-related courses.
The company has already signed a memorandum under the Cyber4Growth program with UISU-Africa to offer specialized training in cybersecurity to students pursuing computer-related courses.
“Cyber4Growth program targets both private and public organisations to raise the level of security awareness. We want to ensure that we walk with organisations in Kenya and across East Africa to promote the economic competitiveness of companies in the region by offering top-notch Cyber Defense Simulated training to IT professionals,” said Cherono.
Students who will graduate under the program will get exposed to opportunities in Germany for further training before returning to the country to work as cybersecurity experts.
Yelbridges provides cyber security services to a number of organizations including Banks, MFI, Saccos, Insurance and Manufacturing industries.
The East African cyber security company is based in Nairobi.