SRC lacks assist-up for Converse personnel wage data

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Economy

Wednesday August 04 2021

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Auditor Classic Nancy Gathungu. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG

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By EDWIN MUTAI

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Abstract

  • Sensitive data on civil servants held by the Salaries and Remuneration Price (SRC) are in disaster of loss in consequence of lack of a assist-up system, officials maintain mentioned.
  • The SRC, which handles intellectual data equivalent to remuneration and advantages of all public and Converse officers, has been allowing its senior officials to raise computer storage devices home.

Sensitive data on civil servants held by the Salaries and Remuneration Price (SRC) are in disaster of loss in consequence of lack of a assist-up system, officials maintain mentioned.

The SRC, which handles intellectual data equivalent to remuneration and advantages of all public and Converse officers, has been allowing its senior officials to raise computer storage devices home, exposing the guidelines to losses ensuing from laborious drive failures, ransomware assaults, human error, or theft by criminals.

Such data losses are continuously mitigated by backup techniques which might perchance perchance well be in a staunch and separate field from an popular holding instrument, equivalent to a cloud.

SRC chief govt officer Anne Gitau advised a parliamentary committee the day before today that the administrators of the associated payment had opted to raise home laborious disk drives for safekeeping on a each day basis.

“We in the imply time enable every director to head home with a laborious disk of data they’ve in their region of job computer techniques,” Ms Gitau advised the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.

“We maintain offered gorgeous laborious disks of Sh15,000 every which they raise home and assist to the region of job on day by day basis. They invent them home in their bags every night. That is the ache Mr chairman.”

Ms Gitau mentioned the SRC has been unsuccessful in its push for a Sh100million funding by the Treasury to determine on an offsite data backup system.

“We maintain requested the Treasury for the funds but now we maintain got been unable to receive the funding,” she advised the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

Auditor-Classic Nancy Gathungu had raised relate about the SRC operating without a data backup and recovery system.

“Even despite the indisputable fact that management has commenced engagements with the Kenya Income Authority (KRA) with the aim of securing an offsite backup and data recovery region, no formal settlement has been signed as at June 30, 2020. As a consequence, the associated payment is in disaster of data loss in the tournament of a catastrophe at its premises,” Ms Gathungu mentioned in an audit legend.

The SRC’s revelation comes at a time instances of cybercrime are on the rise, with businesses shedding billions of shillings and intellectual data to hackers.

Info by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), as an illustration, expose that cyber assaults on Kenyan organisations rose by almost 50 p.c in the final three months of 2020 when put next with a identical length the old year.

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