As a heads up for the anticipated cyber attack, INSA organized a full-day conference earlier this week at the Skylight Hotel entitled “Cyber Security for Joint Responsibility” in collaboration with the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA).
Shumete Gizaw (PhD), Director of INSA, highlighted that groups that intend to dominate regional politics might launch cyber attacks on account of the approaching second round filling of the GERD and the sixth general elections.
Shumete said that by taking lessons from previously launched cyber attacks that aimed at misrepresenting information regarding the GERD, the Agency has been developing diverse kinds of precautions in order to defend the flagship project. He also noted that the agency is well-equipped and ready to safeguard financial institutions, governmental offices and media institutions that encountered attacks previously.
According to Fitsum Asene, cyber security management expert at INSA, cyber attacks could be executed by activists, states, technology companies, politically affiliated terrorists and IT desk recruits, where attackers utilize security holes, malware and social sites to survey and attack their target.
In Ethiopia, the digital economy has emerged along with significant changes in e-governance, commerce and services. Taking all the mentioned activities into account, cyber security is a major cause for concern in Ethiopia. INSA is expected to spearhead the Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Ethiopia.