Private security firms in East Africa are venturing into new technologies to fight the increasing levels of cyber crime.
Thomas Bbosa, executive director of BITMAN Company, which offers Information Technology security services says that, cyber crime is a big threat to businesses in the region.
Bbosa, who is one of the exhibitors at the ongoing East African Security Expo, says cyber crime is thriving because many people are not aware of the available security options.
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In 2006, delegates at the East Africa Police Chiefs' Conference noted that computer-related crime is the single toughest challenge facing them this millennium.
The police chiefs said they are not trained to fight cyber crime.
Andrew Karanja, who is the main organizer of the Kampala security expo, says that they decided to organize the expo to showcase latest innovations against cyber crime.
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Martin Sempa, director of Uganda Communications Consumers Association, recently warned that the trend of cyber crime is worrying.
Sempa said that most cyber crime in Uganda occurs over the phone and through text messaging.
He said many people have lost hundreds of thousands of shillings responding to unsolicited mobile phone messages unaware of the cost implications.