The Information Technology regulator in Uganda is doing whatever is possible on earth to close all gaps that may be exploited for data misuse and cyber-crime.
National Information Technology Authority (NITA) is working with other stakeholders in the communications sector and security agencies from America to develop a common vision of protecting communications systems from deliberate loss of sensitive data.
The NITA spokesperson, Leonah Mbonimpa says that the authority has developed the National Information Security Framework which stipulates minimum Information Security standards.
Uganda will range from administrative controls like national security vetting for all staff accessing protected IT systems to technical controls such as authentication and encryption of most confidential data.
Recently media reports indicated that the British intelligence agencies hacked into Uganda’s telecommunication network systems and accessed conversations of high profile individuals like presidents, cabinet ministers and traditional leaders.
Erin Truhler who is the Information Officer at the United States embassy in Uganda says the United States is reviewing the way it gathers its intelligence but not to hack peoples’ communications.