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Serianu boss, Makatiani, advocates BYOD policies for Africa

The Managing Director, Kenyan-based Serianu, Mr. William Makatiani has urged African countries to come up with policies to guide the use of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), reports ITRealms.

Speaking at a session during the ongoing Cyber Policy Capacity Building Programme for African cyber rights advocates at Panari Hotels, Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Makatiani said this will help in curbing the cyber threats emanating from the use of BYOD.

According to him, in drafting this policy, BYOD users must be made to understand that their devices once connected in BYOD fashion, could be taken away for legal investigations if need arises, while the information on such a device, must be encrypted.

Dwelling on “Kenya Cyber Security Report 2016” Makatiani explained this need comes from the realization that BYOD behooves an extension of the incumbent network and should be taken seriously.

The above outlines, he said, would be in addition to specific or peculiar requirements per country across the continent as Africa braces up against the growing cyber threats, stressing that getting guidelines should top priorities for Africa.


ITRealms recalls that this training is hosted by KICTANet in collaboration with Global PartnersDigital and aimed at building capacity for the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Africa for cybersecurity engagement at both national and regional levels.

Remmy Nweke in Nairobi, Kenya
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Pix: Makatiani, MD, Serianu

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