The government has developed Information Communication and Technology (ICT) security standards for the ICT sector to be adopted and applied by public institutions and recommended for practice by private sector.

The Cabinet Secretary for ICT Joe Mucheru said,  as the government move away from paper filling to virtual storage, and private investors integrate ICT in their core operations, there is significant risk of losing information from unforeseen disaster.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel today, when he presided over the launch of the Continueity East Africa Business Management and Disaster Recovery Center, Mr. Mucheru said the government seeks to develop a strategic approach for current and future data center establishments for efficient data protection and recovery and effective utilisation of public and private investments.

He added  that, the government,in consultation with stakeholdershas developed an ICT sector policy that will escalate ICT innovations and set standards for national disaster recovery and resilience framework in the public and the private sectors.

The Cabinet Secretary said organizations need to conductdissater impact analysis on businesses to anticipate and identify problem areas, document the exposures and formulate strategies for intervention to minimize impact in the event of disaster.

He observed that, integrating ICT infrastructure in business continuity planning, was economical and an important survival component for organizations.“ICT continues to impart and enhance efficiency in various parts of the economy, creating new opportunities for employment service delivery, networking, and education,” said Mr. Mucheru.

By Cheruiyot Korir, December 6, 2016