National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4)

The cyberspace is the new domain of 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 of representatives from various government agencies to oversee the security related aspects of the Kenyan cyberspace.

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.

OBJECTS

  1. Protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems, programs and data.
  2. Prevent the unlawful use of computer systems.
  3. Facilitate the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and punishment of cybercrimes.
  4. Protect the rights to privacy, freedom of expression and access to information as guaranteed under the Constitution.
  5. Facilitate international co-operation on matters covered under this Act.

PROVISIONS

  1. Co-ordination
  2. Offenses
  3. Investigations
  4. International Co-operation
  5. Delegated Powers

OFFENCES

  1. ­Unauthorized Access, Interference and Interception to ICT Systems
  2. ­ Illegal Devices and Access Codes
  3. ­ Cyber Espionage
  4. ­ False Publications and Publication of False Information
  5. ­ Child Pornography
  6. ­ Computer Fraud and Forgery
  7. ­ Subversion
  8. ­ Cyber Harassment
  9. ­ Cybersquatting
  10. ­ Identity Theft and Impersonation
  11. ­ Phishing
  12. ­ Cyber Terrorism and Sabotage
  13. ­ Aiding or abetting in the commission of an offence
  14. ­ Any other Computer and Cyber Crimes as provided for in all laws of Kenya

FUNCTIONS OF NC4

  1. Advise the Government on all matters relating to Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies (Blockchain, IoT, Mobile Money, 5G, Trust Accounts…).

  2. Advise the National Security Council on computer and cybercrimes.

  3. Co-ordinate national security organs in matters relating to computer and cybercrimes.

  4. Receive and act on reports relating to computer and cybercrimes.

  5. Develop a framework to facilitate the availability, integrity and confidentiality of critical national information infrastructure including telecommunications and information systems of Kenya.

  6. Co-ordinate collection and analysis of cyber threats, and response to cyber incidents that threaten Kenyan cyberspace.

  7. Co-operate with computer incident response teams and other relevant bodies, locally and internationally on response to threats of computer and cybercrime and incidents.

  8. Establish codes of cyber-security practice and standards of performance for implementation by owners of critical national information infrastructure.

  9. Develop and manage a National Public Key Infrastructure framework.

  10. Develop a framework for training on prevention, detection and mitigation of computer and cybercrimes and matters connected thereto.

  11. Perform any other function conferred on it by CMCA, 2018 or any other written law.