Speaking at the official inauguration of a state-of-the-art cyber training laboratory at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra today Wednesday 24th October, 2018, the Minister of Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said, “Our cybersecurity professions must be globally competitive in this increasingly interconnected global economy. Raising our standards will put Ghana in a stronger position to be competitive not just domestically, but also at the global level.”

According to her, the growing cyber-threat landscape as being experienced in Ghana today, was expected and therefore, there was the need to adequately prepare to protect the Critical National Infrastructure, the sensitized information and data, as well as the people against activities of cybercriminals.

She indicated it had been evident from discussions with professions and stakeholders that, weaknesses around people are a major issue of concern leading to many of the incidents of cybercrime recorded on a daily basis. This according to her, “Buttresses our resolve to focus this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities on industry-focused session involving Security or Law Enforcement, Judiciary, Education, Businesses, Public Sector Institutions, among others.”

Adding that, “My Ministry, through the NCSC has identified human capacity building as a key component in the fight against cybercrime. We look forward to developing continuous and sustainable capacity building initiatives through the NCSC in the coming years to ensure that every aspect of the ecosystem is brought to appreciable levels to ensure a safer digital Ghana.”

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, was highly optimistic that government, individuals and corporate organizations would take a cue in engaging with them to acquire knowledge in the many disciplines they would roll out.

She however, charged the centre not to rest on their awes but to continuously invest in research and development, to identify other viable areas to improve upon the standards they had set for themselves and the industry.

In his welcome remarks, Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Santrofi Evans, the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), noted that, nearly two years ago, KAIPTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with e-Crime Bureau to provide world class capacity building in cyber security and digital forensics; this was in recognition of the pioneering work of e-Crime Bureau within the cyber security landscape in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

“This collaboration, I am happy to report, has successfully executed certificate programmes in cyber security and digital forensics. Recently, a cyber-security course targeted at CEOs and staff of management was introduced to ensure a deeper appreciation of the issue of cyber security and to engender full commitment at management level for effective implementation of strategies against cybercrime in organizations. We at KAIPTC have seen the good fruits and results borne out of our collaboration with e-Crime bureau, and we are ever ready to build upon this, which leads me to the reason for our gathering today,” He said.

He said, the ultra-modern Cyber Training Laboratory was undoubtedly a step in the right direction to propel KAIPTC’s vision of becoming the leading and preferred international Centre for training, education and research in African peace and security. “Certainly, we are on our way to achieving excellent cyber security and digital forensics capacity building,” he added.

“It is worth noting that this inauguration has come at a very important time to support collective efforts to make Ghana resilient and safe in cyberspace. In line with this year’s theme for the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, “A Safer Digital Ghana”, we believe this facility is a great stepping stone towards ensuring that the requisite knowledge and skills to counter the threats of cyber criminals are guaranteed,” Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Santrofi assured.

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