e-Crime bureau urges Ghanaian to imbibe Cyber Essential Scheme Programme

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Ghana’s leading Cyber Security and Investigation Firm, e-Crime Bureau, has called on the government to embrace and imbibe the implementation of Cyber Essentials Scheme programme to improve the area of Cyber Security n the country.

A government-supported scheme, Cyber Essentials, is to help organizations protect themselves against common online threats.

Senior Consultant for e-Crime Bureau, Dr Suzanne Nti, at the launch said the effort to ensure safer Digital Ghana is a necessity with the Cyber Essential Scheme.

He added, “The vulnerable cyberspace that we operate in calls for institutions to redefine their corporate governance structures and strategies by making the fight against fraud and cybercrime a centre of it.

The Cyber Essential Certification programme was organized by e-Crime Bureau in collaboration with Cyber Essential Direct Limited at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre.

The programme is aimed at giving solutions to encountered threats on the internet for Small and Medium Enterprises to support Organizations ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on digital media.

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Dr Nti made it known that e-Crime Bureau has a strong will of taking a lead role in Ghana’s Cyber Security Industry with an impact vision reaching the rest of other African countries.

She added that “It is our resolve to make research and development a key aspect of our drive to introduce the most relevant solutions to address the many cybersecurity challenges industries face today. We are glad by the feedback we receive from our clients and stakeholders by our commitment to fight the growing spate of cybercrime in Ghana.”

The quest to implement the Cyber Essentials Scheme programme in Ghana is partly due to the Bureau’s effort in the cutting-edge innovations in the Cyber Security Industry.

She said: “In these early years of the 21st century, we continue to live in the Information Age – an age where our organization’s greatest assets and lifeline rest on digital technologies and sophisticated means of conducting business”.

Dr Nti said a person seeking to harm a business in this day and age does not aim his attacks at the company’s physical assets; instead, he simply takes aim at its computer systems.

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She added that “the truth is, an organization’s cyber infrastructure is highly vulnerable to intrusions and threats to customer information and commercial data.”

She said for these and many other reasons, the development of the Cyber Essentials Scheme is to protect organizations, irrespective of their size against persistent cyber-threats.

Deputy Minister of Communication, Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, said the cybersecurity issues are no longer a local problem since most of the countries physical infrastructures are paired with the internet and threats from any section can befall the country’s economy as a whole

He said there is the need for cooperation from all stakeholders and businesses to take full advantage of the Cyber Essentials Certification Programme as an investment in improving Ghana’s cybersecurity ecosystem and that the government is taking good steps in to fight against cybercrime

Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I, President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), commended e-Crime Bureau and its collaborating partner, Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd for taking the bold step to introduce the Cyber Essentials Certifications Programme in Ghana.

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He said it would provide an opportunity for organizations to improve the cybersecurity controls, have the right mechanisms in place to detect any cyber-breach and effective response mechanisms to control and investigate when incidents occur.

He called on institutions including members of the GNCCI to embrace technology with the security of these systems as a topmost priority.


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