By Julius Businge
The Ministry of ICT through National Information Technology Authority Uganda has unveiled the National Information Security Advisory Group (NISAG) to provide complimentary advisory services to the Government of Uganda on issues concerning information security. Speaking at the inauguration of the team in Kampala on Oct. 30, the State Minister for ICT, Nyombi Thembo said the NISAG is “a very key advisory group in the ICT sector”.
“We have to be alert,” Thembo said, adding the group will ensure that cyber security issues are addressed in a timely on time. The team comprises of experts from the Ministry of ICT, the Uganda Communications Commission, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Public Service, NITA-U, KPMG, and PWC among other government ministries and ICT stakeholders. Optimists are okay with the advisory team given the fact that little attention in terms of investment in the ICT sector has been given by government. Ugandan government currently invests about US$7.5 million in the ICT sector annually, compared to US$123 million by the Kenya government despite the sector contributing a huge percentage of the country’s total tax revenue.