[kictanet] Security Situation in Kenya

Ngigi Waithaka ngigi at at.co.ke
Mon Jun 23 10:50:52 EAT 2014


Had a look at this post this morning
http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000125730/kimaiyo-holds-crisis-meeting-with-kws-kfs-nys-bosses
and IMO it vindicates my earlier position that the biggest issue to address
in securing our country is lack of Logistics and a quick response team.

The police are not known to have any serviceable helicopter, the last one
being the one Prof Saitoti crashed in I think.

So, maybe we ask Safaricom to buy & maintain helicopters instead? Might
sound funny, but would have a much bigger impact.

Rgds


On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM, Ngigi Waithaka <ngigi at at.co.ke> wrote:

> Ali,
>
> Tell them...
>
> Listers,
>
> Decided to do a bit of back-of-napkin math on cost proposal for counter
> -terrorism as a little lunch exercise.
>
> If you were to hire the best 100 guys coming out of our Universities in
> Computer Science, Maths & Electronics at say Ksh 250k / month each (Ksh 4M
> / year) to join an elite hacking unit, comparable to NSA, you would do so
> at a budget of Ksh 400M / Year. Put in another Ksh 400M for Operations and
> Ksh 1B / Year would be enough to ran this Unit / Year.
>
> Go ahead and hire top consultants to teach our guys top-notch Network
> building, configurations and maintenance and hire the top Huwaei guys here
> on retainer. Lets say we give them Ksh 15M / Year each, being 10 guys, that
> works out to Ksh 150M / year to hire consultants who can build and maintain
> as we learn from them.
>
> Our guys would in short order build for you any network you could think of
> using COTS Equipment and there would *not* be any electronic communication
> targeting Kenyans that would be out of our reach and more importantly we
> would be able to roll out and maintain our own security network and perhaps
> sell our capabilities to Uganda, Ethiopia.
>
> So, Ksh 1.5B / Year you have a crack hacking and maintenance unit.
>
> How much for the communication equipment?
> Lets just say you are using the high -end Motorola MC75A, comes at about
> $2,000 a pop including encryption cards, meaning you can use the already
> existing mobile networks while giving GoK Personnel their own VPN Channels.
> If you were to buy one unit for every 2 cops (35,000) in the whole country,
> you are looking at about Ksh 4B.
>
> It still beats me why we would want to build a 4G LTE Security Network
> that will at most be used by 100,000 Personnel.
>
> CCTV, these ones should even be done by Youth Companies, but at Ksh 2,000
> a pop, you could buy and install 100,000 of these at about Ksh 400M, put
> another 600M to bring it to Ksh 1B of 100,000 CCTV Cameras installed
>
> So at an initial investment of:
> Ksh 1.5B ->Crack Hacking Unit & Maintenance team
> Ksh 4B -> Communication Equipment ( 1 in every two cops)
> Ksh 1B -> 100,000 CCTV Equipment
> Ksh 2B -> Other Equipment (Servers, Computer Equipment, Software)
>
> There is not a pin that would drop around here that we wouldn't know about.
>
> From here, we would need a high - response crack team to tackle security
> incidences across the country. Say 500 guys of our best commandos.
> Again each getting Ksh 4M / year to keep them highly motivated, that's Ksh
> 2.0B / Year.
> Fighting Gear, each guy with Ksh 1M of fighting gear, that's Ksh 500M CAPEX
>
> Now, the expensive part is how to get them there. Say you need to drop 100
> guys quickly, what do you need, Transport Helicopters, say you go for the
> Boeing CH-47 Chinook, that's 25M USD a pop, carrying 50 guys each*,* we
> get four of those, so thats 100M USD or Ksh 9B
>
> *. *
> Get a few attack Helicopters, at say USD 20M a pop, say we get 10, that's
> USD 200M thats approx Ksh 15B
>
> *.*
> Now we got a team that can hit anywhere in this country at most an 30mins
> - 1 hours notice
>
> *. *
> How much for crack anti-terrorism uni
> *t.*CAPEX: Ksh 30B
> Per Year Operational Costs (Salaries + Equipment Maintenance): Ksh 5B /
> year
>
> If you spread the CAPEX over 5 years, say as a loan, you are doing about
> Ksh 6B / year for 5 years, which to this country is almost a rounding off
> error seeing that Ministries are taking back hundreds of billions in unused
> funds every year.
>
> With this, a Turkana herder (now former ngoroko) will be passing a lone
> cow in Baragoi / Suguta Valley without so much as a second look at it,
> knowing fire raining from above is just 30 mins away.
>
> So, how does my proposal compare to say the Safaricom Ksh 15B proposal to
> put a security network in Nairobi & Mombasa?
>
> Jury is out there...
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Sitting ducks is what we are.
>>
>> The only solution to this is a homegrown industry able to ensure that
>> National Interests are safeguarded. This starts from killing the culture in
>> security tenders (and other sectors) where the catchphrase is:-
>>
>> 'You must have revenues of $100 million and above to qualify for this
>> tender.' And other such clauses which are geared towards the size of the
>> payoff to corrupt networks as opposed to the best solution.'
>>
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>> On Jun 19, 2014, at 11:41 AM, Gichuki John Chuksjonia via kictanet <
>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> US and UK C4ISR programs were the reason they were able to know of the
>> attacks before hand and pull their people off Coast region. We know of
>> the company Booz and Allen where Snowden used to work, and the hacks
>> they did on Huawei equipments.
>>
>> On 6/19/14, Ngigi Waithaka via kictanet <kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke>
>> wrote:
>>
>> In Intelligence business, you trust no one!
>>
>>
>> Every country does what is best for it's *own* interests. If putting
>>
>> backdoors in tech equipment is to the US / Chinese interests, they will do
>>
>> it and they have done it.
>>
>>
>> The only you can avoid this, is either you manufacture your own equipment
>>
>> or on the very least assemble equipment from COTS for sensitive areas or
>>
>> you also get very adept at identifying & removing the backdoors.
>>
>>
>> Rgds
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Mark Mwangi via kictanet <
>>
>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>
>> So we now distrust the Chinese based on the information offered by the
>>
>> Americans who are running a worldwide spying program tapping just about
>>
>> everyone? Lets not even get started on the back-doors installed in
>>
>> equipment built by the Americans.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM, Matunda Nyanchama via kictanet <
>>
>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>
>>  On this subject, it is curious that Safaricom's partner in the project
>>
>> is Chinese Telcom giant Huawei.
>>
>>
>> Americans have reservations, apprehensive/suspicious Huwawei technology
>>
>> wrt spying. Here is an excerpt
>>
>>
>> "U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers somewhat
>>
>> famously said <http://j.mp/ICrmay> last year that Huawei's products
>>
>> "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a
>>
>> security threat to the United States and to our systems." The committee
>>
>> also released a report that accused Huawei of all kinds of bad behavior
>>
>> including bribery, corruption, and immigration violations. Huawei, of
>>
>> course, denied the claims
>>
>> <
>> http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-194454-hpsci.htm
>> >
>>
>> ."
>>
>>
>> Full article Here.
>>
>> <
>> http://gizmodo.com/accused-of-spying-huawei-ceo-says-company-is-exiting-1475628703
>> >
>>
>>
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