Critical Infrastructure (CI) comprises essential services such as electricity, water, transportation, telecommunications, commerce and health. The convergence of networks and information systems now means that the provisioning of these services substantially relies on the seamless operation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). These ICT-related Critical Infrastructure include telecommunications networks, the Internet, terrestrial and satellite wireless networks. While all national infrastructure is at risk from damage or destruction by natural or manmade events, damage to CI could have negative consequences for national security, the economy, or the well-being of citizens.
It is for this reason that the Cabinet Secretaries of the Ministries of Transport and Infrastructure, Energy and Petroleum, Information, Communications and Technology came together and resolved to form a Taskforce to draft a policy and legislative framework for the protection of CI in the country. It is hoped that a robust CI policy and legislative framework will bring the losses incurred through damage to infrastructure to below Ksh.500 million in the next three years from the current Ksh. 1.5 billion to Ksh.2 billion annually.