Ethiopia ‘building dependable’ cyber security

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Addis Ababa, 20 May 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia has been developing its cyber security capabilities to effectively defend the country from any cyber attacks, Information Network Security Agency (INSA) said.
In an interview with the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), Teklebirhan Welde-Aregay (Br. Gen.), INSA Director, said the agency will continue to develop its cyber security capabilities to counter the effects of present and future serious cyber threats and attacks.
Cyber attacks are an act or attempt by hackers to damage or destroy a computer network or system. On the contrary, cyber security involves all the processes and mechanisms by which computer-based equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.
He said INSA is building a national electronic mailing system for government agencies to exchange information through a secure and reliable platform.
The agency expects the electronic mailing system dubbed ‘Dagoo’ (dagoo.insa.gov.et), a name taken from a traditional information exchange system by the Afar community, to be fully operational at the end of 2014.
“We have finalized developing the system and we are currently conducting tests,” the director said adding that the country will be best placed to protect top secrets when the system is introduced.
The director said developers have taken into account the cultures, languages and values of the country to develop the mailing system.
Currently government institutions rely on global electronic mailing systems to exchange information, making the country prone to the dangers of exposing sensitive information to outsiders.
INSA intends to expand the secure communication system to incorporate other types of electronic communications such as fax, voicemail, video conferencing and chatrooms.
Established seven years ago, INSA is an independent public agency accountable to the Prime Minister tasked to ‘defend and take counter measures against information attacks targeted at the national interest,” according the council of minister regulation 250/2011.
It is also given the responsibility of ensuring the security of information and information infrastructures to facilitate their use for the implementation of the country’s peace democratization good governance and development programs, the re-establishing regulation states. 

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