New internet crime fighters a dead CERT

14 Aug 2012

The Ugandan government has established a new unit, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the nation’s telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The CERT has been tasked with tackling cybercrime, including fraud and terrorism, in the wake of hacking attacks on government websites, reports IT News Africa. The new unit has been supplied with specialist equipment, and will receive assistance from a team of experts from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

UCC director of technology and licensing, Patrick Mwesigwa commented that the installation of the equipment was expected to start in October, with the facility to be operational by year-end. Mwesigwa added: ‘The facility will reduce the infiltration of malicious content such as malware, viruses and spam as well as enhance security of online access in the country.’