Uganda has been ranked the most secure cyberspace Country in Africa in the recently announced Global National Cyber Security Index.
The National Cyber Index is a global organization which measures preparedness of countries to prevent cyber threats and manage cyber incidents.
”Previously 2nd in the 2017 ranking, the elevation to the number 1 spot is exciting news for the nation,” said the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) in a statement on Monday.
NITA-U says that the increased use of Information, Communication and Technology services (ICT), electronic commerce/business is on the rise and offers great new opportunities for economic growth.
“Whereas this adoption of ICT is intended for good, there are malicious actors that are keen on using the same for unlawful purposes through cyber-crime. This has therefore led to the emergence of new crimes. Similarly, digital information continues to grow at an exponential rate and can be stored on a device or cloud service and in different jurisdictions,” it noted.
In line with the above, Parliament of Uganda enacted three laws relating to the use of electronic communications in Uganda, namely; the Electronic Transactions Act 2011; the Electronic Signatures Act, 2011 and the Computer Misuse Act, 2011 collectively known as ‘Cyber Laws’ which became effective on 15th April 2011.
NITA-U adds that these laws are the backbone of the legal framework for the IT sector and provide for and regulate the use of electronic communications in business and in the delivery of services to the public. Additionally, NITA-U developed the National Information Security Framework (NISF) to standardize the approach to information security.
“The ranking as Number 1 in Africa is as a result of above efforts in ensuring that digital transactions are carried out in a secure environment,” NITA-U added.
Commenting on the development, the Executive Director NITA-U, James Saaka said, “The ranking is testimony to our efforts in ensuring that all digital transactions are carried out securely. Our citizens can trust that we have put in place world class mechanisms that prevent cyber threats and manage cyber incidents, once they occur.”
In a national coordinated approach for handling information Security incidents, a National Computer Response Team / Coordination Centre was established (www.cert.ug) as an organization devoted to ensuring that appropriate technology and systems management practice are used to resist attacks on networked systems. It was also established to limit damage while ensuring continuity of critical services in spite of successful attacks, accidents or failures.