Conference underway in Accra on how to protect critical information within Africa’s internet space

By: Gloria Anderson & Ebenezar Aryee 

Ghana is hosting a four-day international cyber security conference in Accra. Known as Cyberx Africa 2021, the plan is to upgrade the skills and knowledge of cyber security professionals, lawyers, and cybercrime investigators in Africa to protect critical national and international networks, information infrastructure and business information technology systems.

The influence and usefulness of information technology is increasing by the day in our everyday life; and so is information technology-related crime.

Inadequate knowledge or ignorance about such technology creates a fertile ground for cyber criminality. The four-day international forum is meant to help prevent, deter, detect and fight cyber crimes such as SIM box fraud, ransomware and social engineering.

The resource person says, cybersecurity is important because it protects all categories of data from theft and damage. 

Organised by the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies, Africa – CSDS, the seminar is focusing on upgrading the knowledge and skills of participants to protect critical national and international networks, critical infrastructure and business information technology systems.

A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Emmanuel Ashie Kotey, in his opening address, highlighted how much Africa needs technology to progress.

He cited the example of how Financial Technology – FINTECH — is transforming Africa’s financial sector but was also quick to underscore the threats posed to our cyberspace by criminals.

The four-day conference coincides with the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) week, which is focused on issues such as cyber law, digital forensic investigations and international cooperation to deal with cybercrimes. Participants are from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia and the United States of America. 

Organizations involved include INTERPOL, Association of Private Investigators, Ghana, and Lex Mundus and Cencla – an international law firm.

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