In the midst of terrorism threats and increasing cyber crimes in the nation, the government and private firms have been urged to acquire measures to safe Ghana’s cyberspace.
Cybercrimes in Ghana have jumped drastically from 116 in 2016 to 412 in 2017 and more to 558 in 2018, resources at the Cyber Crimes Device of the Ghana Police Assistance have indicated.
The crimes have not only amplified in quantities but in sophistication too.
On Thursday this 7 days, it was described that an worldwide gang of cyber criminals stole $100 million from 40,000 buyers.
This is the scale of the cybersecurity troubles facing nations like Ghana.
Aventura Systems Ghana, area representatives of American security giants Aventura Systems, has, consequently, partnered Israeli cybersecurity organization, TripleCyber to start the ideal readily available cybersecurity tools and technology in Ghana.
The two organizations also hope to prepare younger Ghanaians to be exceptionally technologically savvy, making sure a transfer of understanding.
Talking at the launch of the partnership settlement in Accra, the Main Govt of Aventura Technologies Ghana, Mr Emmanuel S. Asiedu, mentioned, far more than just offer the most robust, expense-successful cybersecurity options, the partnership is developed to develop a large pool of nearby talent.
The abilities will be properly trained and primed to maintain and develop on the technological innovation needed to efficiently guarantee Ghana’s cybersecurity.
He claimed the potential of the partnership to create positions and generate Ghanaian gurus in cybersecurity who will be exported to other African international locations is massive.
Mr Asiedu stated he was energized that a crucial ingredient of the agreement is to capacitate the Ghanaian so that foreigners will not will need to have obtain to the country’s cybersecurity programs.
“We do not want to open ourselves up in the future to other nationals to have obtain to our delicate info and information less than the guise of supplying us with cybersecurity”, he reported.
The Council Chair of Ghana Telecom College who is also a Board member of Aventura, Prof. K.O. Boateng mentioned the education being proposed by Aventura and TripleCyber would be unachievable until the state took Science, Technological know-how, Engineering and arithmetic (STEM).
He explained government’s aggressive digitisation push only emphasised the require for a corresponding sturdy technological know-how to struggle cybercrimes.
His views chimed flawlessly with these expressed in December very last yr by Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful that “our digitisation endeavours and the introduction of a selection of e-providers in Ghana have uncovered the region and people today to doable cyber-attacks and vulnerabilities.”
Prof. Boateng said the moment the state has witnessed the want to have police officers to battle physical crimes, “you require cybersecurity professionals and systems to struggle cybercrime and that Aventura and TripleCyber are likely to aid us do.”
“There should be folks manning our digital network techniques 24 several hours every day so that these specialists can rapidly analyse, evaluate and take motion on any probable threats,” he extra.
The Main Government of TripleCyber, Nadav Tavor, reported criminals are wreaking havoc on lots of organisations simply because numerous are turning a blind eye to cyber pitfalls.
And nevertheless the pitfalls, he argued, posed by cyber attackers are far far more perilous than folks realise.
With knowledge in giving cybersecurity options to telecom providers, company suppliers, monetary and utility providers, TripleCyber, Mr Tavor said, had carved a niche for itself in the location.
“TripleCyber analysis and correlation engine is developed to detect significant cyber threats from the aggregation and analysis of a collection of alerts that would be deemed low-profile and disregarded by other systems.
Tavor stated the program is developed to obtain attackers even ahead of they contact the community, and “we use penetration test in purchase to recognize exactly where there are weaknesses and vulnerabilities.”
He stated the partnership with Aventura Ghana would affect area ability for governmental and personal sector, local schooling and education, component of TripleCyber world intelligence and functions community.
A lecturer at the Ghana Telecom University Higher education (GTUC), Dr Kester Quist-Aphetsi, reported Ghana has to learn from the working experience of Israel which took cybersecurity instruction seriously and has hence become a superpower in the discipline.
He claimed the fact that Ghana ranks high in cyber fraud need to justify dependable investment in training on cybersecurity “so that we can observe the cybercriminals.”
“We have to know who individuals are sending cash to, we have to track them, know exactly where and who they are connecting to,” the lecturer pressured.
Dr Quist-Aphetsi explained the partnership and coaching design being unveiled would support generate people who can preserve, adapt, and deal with new technologies in the cyberspace.
“Ghana can take the guide and acquire technology and be certain when it arrives to superiority of info, we stand tall amongst our neighbours,” he mentioned.