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Korean firms in $18m deal to upgrade Rwanda’s cyber security systems

7 January, at 15 : 23 PM Print

Korean firms in $18m deal to upgrade Rwanda’s cyber security systems

Workers laying the fibre cable that has traversed the entire country


Two Korean agencies have concluded a deal with the Government of Rwanda to establish a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) aimed at strengthening information security in the country, executives involved have announced.

Korea Telecom and the Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) will give Rwanda the technology required for the development of an Internet center and electronic certification system. The deal is worth about $18.8million, according to KISA Chief Executive Officer Lee Ki-Joo, who is quoted in Korean media.

Under the agreement, the Korea Information Security will be responsible for the training of Rwandans and to support the operation of the center.

“This agreement indicates to us that Africa has a great interest in the Korean information security model introduced in Rwanda,” said KISA CEO Lee Ki-Joo said.

He said the Rwanda deal will act as entry window for the firm into the regional market.

Since 2007, Korea Telecom has been involved in major IT projects in Rwanda, including the 2008 national backbone network project, the national broadband network project in 2010 and 2011 Network Management Services.

Kim Hong-Jin, president of the Korea Telecom, said the in Rwanda this successful business model based on the company’s operations will be extended to other parts of Africa and Eastern Europe.



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