Cloudfare partners CloudHop to improve cybersecurity in Africa 

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September 18, 2023
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Last Saturday, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) launched a self-service option for Nigerians to apply for their National Identification Numbers (NINs) using their smartphones.

Why? Abisoye Coker-Odusote, the Acting Director General/CEO of NIMC, said, “We are striving to expedite the registration process. Many ordinary Nigerians have expressed frustration with the current registration procedures, citing extended wait times and delayed feedback after completing the registration.”

In 2022, the NIMC issued National Identity Numbers to 22,492,748 Nigerians, a 16.85% decrease from the 27,052,148 issued in 2021.

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  • Cloudfare partners CloudHop to improve cybersecurity in Africa
  • Services on the eCitizen's platform exceed the 5K target

Cloudfare partners CloudHop to improve cybersecurity in Africa

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Cloudflare, an American IT service management company, has partnered with CloudHop, a Kenyan company, to distribute its technology solutions. It plans to improve cybersecurity using cutting-edge techniques to protect digital assets and user data throughout Africa.

While Cloudflare provides web performance and security solutions to millions of websites worldwide, CloudHop offers cloud computing and data management solutions in Africa.

The collaboration will enable CloudHop to provide Cloudflare's services to its clients. One of these services is Cloudflare CDN, a content delivery network that shortens the time it takes for websites to load by caching content closer to users at the Internet's edge.

Additionally, it will provide Cloudflare SSL, a secure sockets layer that encrypts user and website data to ensure privacy and security, and Cloudflare Firewall, a web application firewall that prevents malicious requests and attacks like SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and DDoS.

Why does it matter? Given the continent's rapid digitisation of businesses and services, there has never been a more pressing need for effective cybersecurity measures.

Cyberattacks affect a company's performance and reputation by impacting digital assets and user data. Thus, having trustworthy and efficient solutions in place to safeguard websites from hackers, malware, and other threats is crucial.

Services on the eCitizen's platform exceed the 5K target

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The number of services on Kenya's eCitizen platform has surpassed 7,453, exceeding the initial 5,000 target.

This news comes a few weeks after a Sudanese hacker group — Anonymous Sudan — hacked the eCitizen platform, disrupting its operations.

Launched in 2014, eCitizen is a self-service portal that gives Kenyan citizens online access to several government services, including passport applications, licence renewals, business registrations, and land searches.

The platform aims to make it easier for citizens to interact with the government by providing a single point of contact. Users must first create an account using their email address or ID number to use the platform. After that, users can log in to access the services they need.

Eliud Owalo, the ICT Cabinet Secretary, reported that an additional 6,817 services had undergone partial digitisation.

The Competition Authority of Kenya and the Kenya Ports Authority, which transitioned in February and March 2023, respectively, are among the latest organisations to onboard services onto the platform.

Expectedly, other organisations, including the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya National Library Services (KNLS), Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), the judiciary, and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will automate their services.


Sidebar: Kenya is introducing free public Internet hotspots to help citizens access the online portal. Owalo stated that although 461 sites have been launched, the long-term objective is to roll out 25,000 centres in Kenya.

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She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
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