School of Science and Technology hosts guest speaker sessions for its Summer 2020 classes

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By Dr. Collins Oduor and Brenda Odhiambo

As part of its efforts to impart students with practical, real-world knowledge, the School of Science and Technology has been hosting guest speaker sessions for its Summer 2020 classes. The first session, hosted on Monday, June 29, touched on all matters Information Systems Security Law, and was attended by Mr. Dancun Ondimu, Principal Prosecution Counsel, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP).

During the session, Mr. Ondimu touched on various issues, including the legal framework for cyber security in Kenya; current Information Security Laws in Kenya, East Africa, African Union, Commonwealth and the United Nations; prosecutor evidence presentations and penalties for Cyber Security offenders and National bodies and their responsibilities in relation to Information Security Laws and cyber security.

Speaking during the session, Mr. Ondimu noted that there was a pressing need to ensure that there was effective legislation to govern the cyberspace, which has become a key component of our daily lives.

“Cyber space is an integral part of our daily lives, making its security critical since it has implications on the security and progress of our nation,” he said.

“Efforts by various Government actors are ongoing to ensure that we have a local policy and legal framework on cybersecurity that is aligned to other global policies on it,” he added.

Speaking after the session, Dr. Paula Musuva thanked Mr. Ondimu for taking his time to speak to the students, adding that information systems security and cyber security laws still needed some demystification.

“Thank you for being such a great guest speaker, and for providing critical clarifications in this mysterious area of information systems security and cyber security laws. I am sure that our students will use this information to shape their future and career goals,” she said.

The second session, held on Wednesday, July 1, on the Applications of social media in Business featured Dr. Patrick Wamuyu, the Team Leader and Principal Investigator for the SIMELab project, who covered an array of topics touching on social media and business. One of the key topics he spoke about was the management of social media data, data analytics and business intelligence for high performance organizations.

“Social media data analytics are a core component of any business strategy. More and more businesses globally are turning to data drawn from social media to extract insights vital to their businesses. In so doing, organizations are able to fully optimize their operations and become more effective,” he said.

At the end of the session, all 27 students were invited to be part of SIMELab’ s three-day virtual training on social media research and insights using Brandwatch as well Social Networks Analysis using NodeXL. The online training will cover essential data mining, text analytics, and visualization of data from Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms.

The next session will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 and will feature Ms. Annipha Nkatha,

Customer Operations Manager – Social Media, Safaricom PLC as the guest speaker.

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