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- ItemA Model to measure information security awareness level in an organization : case study of Kenya commercial bank.Mugo, Eric Anderson Kabugu; Wekesa, CyrusInformation Security awareness forms a key basic part of Information Security Strategy within most organizations. Organizations that tend to be more conscious regarding Information Security will invest more than organizations that are less conscious. This can be seen in Financial and Telecommunications industry as compared to Agricultural industries. Information Security awareness is an investment that organizations make to ensure that the human aspect of Information Security is taken care of. Majority of organizations that invest in Information Security awareness do not measure the levels of awareness among their staff to identify the impact of their investment. Measurement of Information Security results in value add such as positive change in staff attitudes towards Information Security, respective increase in Information Security knowledge and a more secure organization. The value add comes with other added benefits such as reduced Information Security incidents and frauds, a more knowledgeable staff and an Information Security team with visibility into the general organizations predisposition to Information Security challenges as well as general awareness. This study aims at expounding on the various techniques used to impart awareness. The study aims at proposing a model that can be used to measure Information Security awareness levels in a Local financial institution. Achievement of specific objectives of the research was done through qualitative technique. Collection of data required is done from local Members of Information Security Profession who possess the required data in the area of Information Security. Following analysis of responses from the local Information Security professionals, the model developed was based on the Kruger and Kearney Model awareness measurement model with specific modifications to suit the local financial institutions' requirements. The models' modifications were based on a local banking institution for purposes of testing and validating the mode!. The modifications are as a result of the findings from the survey.
- ItemAn Assessment of security in critical information systems used by universities in KenyaGitonga , David Mwathi; Wekesa, CyrusPaper presented at Strathmore University Research Week on 31st July 2009
- ItemE-land administration for citizen-centric services : case study of ministry of lands, KenyaKyalo, Joseph M.; Wekesa, CyrusIn this digital era, citizens should enjoy the benefits of online, up-to date services from the government hence enabling fast delivery of goods and services. However the land information accessibility has been difficult and costly. This is caused the manual methods of storing and disseminating the land related information. The purpose of this study was to develop a framework that can be used to create electronic land administration to facilitate online access to land information in Kenya. The objectives were to assess the land related services provided to the citizens by the Ministry of Lands; to determine the level of automation in the ministry of Lands; to develop a framework that can be used to build an electronic land administration by the ministry of lands in Kenya and to validate the proposed framework for electronic land administration. The research came up with a proposed framework that can be implemented to improve land information dissemination to the citizens. A descriptive survey design was adopted utilizing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The approach was aimed at getting the information that describes the land information accessibility to citizens. SPSS and Ms Excel applications were used to analyze the quantitative data. Qualitative data was analyzed using thematic method by grouping the information provided by the respondents into similar themes. In findings it can be noted that most of the participants (83.0%) stored the important documents including title deeds, allotment letters in hardcopies on shelves or cabinets. Also 91.3% of the officers fail to trace clients’ records when needed monthly. Majority of the clients (65.0%) stay for more than a day awaiting for their cases to be sorted out at the ministry’s offices. Some of the conclusions made from the findings of the study are the process searching land information can be quickened by centralizing the data or information and offering the information through the internet. This also reduces the chances of some files missing. There is need for regular departmental seminars and IT training. The research developed an effective electronic land administration that can be used to facilitate online access to land information in Kenya when implemented.
- ItemA service improvement model for the information technology infrastructure library based on lean it(Strathmore University, 2013-06) Nganga, Njoroge Charles; Wekesa, Cyrus; Kiraka, Ruth; Marwanga (Dr.), Reuben; Kiraka, RuthThis thesis proposes a service improvement model for the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) based on Lean IT. It highlights service improvement from a service management platform by highlighting the common frameworks used for IT Service Management, ITIL and service improvement methodologies for comparison purpose and to prove the case for Lean IT. Lean IT is an extension to lean principles and is a methodology which shows how to reduce operational and procedural waste by identifying key value adding process or value streams, mapping these value streams and controlling the flow of production items in the value streams by ensuring that this flow is demand or pull driven. Lean IT is to be used in a complementary nature to ITIL. The objectives of this research are: to establish the functional processes based on ITIL as implemented by KRA, to identify the measurement metrics (KPls) used to evaluate how the processes are deployed, to collect the data related to the processes as per the given metrics over a certain period, to develop a Service Improvement Model for the Information Technology Infrastructure Library based on Lean IT and to validate this Model. The research follows an applied and formal approach and uses Kenya Revenue Authority as the focus of the study. Qualitative and quantitative data is collected on employee satisfaction and the implementation of a function of ITIL i.e. information security management. The proposed model suggest that to improve service delivery the IT processes have to be clearly identified and performance metrics well established, information on these metrics is to be obtained and analyzed for gaps or waste elements as identified by Lean IT, service delivery improvements are then identified and lean IT methodologies used to effect this improvements. The research reviewed identified functions and found several gaps to which suggestions of improvements were also made. The results were validated and recommended by experts and managers in the field and the work found commendable.
- ItemTowards a framework for the adoption of information and communication technology by maize farmersSettim, Violet Chepkemoi; Wekesa, CyrusAgriculture is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and directly contributes to Gross Domestic Product of 25%. Maize is the major staple food and majority of Kenyan‟s cultivate it. The future of food security and welfare of the farming population will depend largely on increasing the production of maize. ICT take-up in agriculture in Kenya remains low and the agricultural communities have yet to fully embrace the potential benefits of ICT. The effective use of ICTs by maize farmers can improve their operation and support them to achieve their objectives, for example, access to information and services, social inclusion, cultural provision, education and training. The adoption of ICT among maize farmers needs to be approached in a holistic and sustainable fashion that will support their operation and enhance their productivity. The study set to establish the role of ICT in agricultural processes, factors that influence ICT use and review of various ICT technology models. The research further reviewed studies using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) in order to create a modified model and instrument to study the acceptance of ICT technologies by Maize farmers. In this study, we examined the relationships between the TAM constructs in some of the research that purports to explain the variance in the acceptance of different information technologies. Based upon the empirical research using the technology assessment model, a modified TAM was developed for the adoption of ICT‟s by maize farmers. The original constructs (belief, behaviour, attitude and use) were retained from TAM while the literature suggests subjective norms, government support, ICT vendors‟ support, and perceived socio economic factors to be useful antecedents for predicting perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and behavioural intent to use. Hypotheses were discussed in this study related to the theoretical relationships between constructs and antecedents. A survey instrument was developed using existing scales from prior TAM instruments and modified them where appropriate. The resultant instrument can be used in future to test how farmers adopt and accept ICT‟s technologies. The study showed also that all the constructs of TAM had a positive correlation on ICT use and the external variables of ICT vendor support, Subjective Norms and perceived socio-economic support. Government support reported a relatively low correlation to ICT use.
- ItemVoltage stability improvement using the 21st century power transformer(Innovative Systems Design and Engineering, ) Wekesa, Cyrus; Mwaniki, Charles; Abungu, NicodemusThe 21st Century Power Transformer is produced by combining modern high voltage cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cable technology with conventional transformer. The technique of solid insulation is adopted in the new dry transformer so that the pollution from leakage of insulating oil can be avoided, and so XLPE cable-winding transformer is very suitable in environment sensitive places such as populous cities, hydropower stations, and underground caver and so on. This paper is meant to show that the marriage of the well-proven high voltage power cable technology with transformer technology sets a new standard in improving power system voltage stability.