The cyberspace is a new domain in Kenya’s National Security which has necessitated the government to establish an authority to coordinate cybersecurity efforts by Kenya’s cyberspace stakeholders.
Section 4 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018, establishes the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4) comprising representatives from various government agencies mandated to oversee security related aspects of the Kenyan cyberspace.
NC4 members include the following government agencies;
- Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government (PS Interior)
- Principal Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs (PS MoICT)
- The Attorney-General (AG)
- The Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF)
- The Inspector-General of National Police Service (IG NPS)
- The Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (DG NIS)
- The Director-General of the Communication Authority of Kenya (DG CA)
- The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
- The Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya (Gov CBK)
- The Director of the NC4 Secretariat
NC4 has also co-opted other members, critical for contributing to the safety of the cyberspace, into the Committee. The co-opted members include;
- Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
- Financial Reporting Centre (FRC)
- National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC)
- ICT Authority (ICTA)
- Assets Recovery Agency (ARA)
The function of the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4) is to co-ordinate cyber activities and be the central point of contact for all cybersecurity matters in Kenya. The Committee conducts its operations through its Secretariat which is mandated by the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act to support, implement and enforce the decisions of NC4.