By Fredrick Obura
Last week, the Government issued a warning that in the next three years it will move its IT operations to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), a move that will reduce cost by more than half in IT expenses.
âThe Government stands to lose to hackers, freedom to third party modification coming with Free and Open Source Software it plans to adopt increases chances of Internet attacks,â he said âI do not think the Government has competent expertise to handle the challenges that comes with the free and Open Source Software,â he said.
Owino said through the Free and Open Source Software the Sate might find it hard to hold anyone accountable should its systems be hacked
Speaking on the sidelines of business security conference in Nairobi, Roy decried lack of qualified personnel, and proper data protection laws to deal with rising cyber crime.
He called for speedy enactment of Data Protection Bill 2012 and vigilance among the Internet Service Providers to tame growing cases of cyber crime. At present, most government databases and computer platforms use proprietary software provided by vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco but which the Government says is more costly compared to Foss.