The Communications Authority (CA) has partnered with Chinese technology firm Huawei to train young people in institutions of higher learning on cyber security.
The three-day intensive boot camp is taking place in Naivasha between 17-19th October and has attracted more than 1,700 university students across the country.
“The partnership targets to build capacity amongst technology students to ensure secure networks and cyberspace,” said CA Director-General Ezra Chiloba.
“We are working with Huawei, who are bringing on board their expansive experience in this sector, and I want to encourage young people who are undertaking courses and are looking forward to participating in the digital economy to invest their time and resources in understanding the future of cyber security,” he added.
According to available data, Kenya has less than 2,000 certified cybersecurity professionals, a huge shortage that cannot meet the annual demand of more than 10,000 experts.
The training is part of the month-long celebrations to mark national cybersecurity awareness month marked every October.
Chiloba said that the boot camp includes a Huawei certification e-learning course on cyber security, virtual lab exercises, on-site training, and mentorship from experts within the field.
Will Meng, CEO of Huawei Kenya, noted that for the past 20 years, the firm has helped build secure networks across Kenya while contributing to economic growth.
“We are pleased to work with the CA to provide training to students to enhance their capacity to operate networks and systems securely, and to be safe online,” Meng said.