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Universities advised to invest in cyber security

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
Prof. Goski Alabi, the Consulting President, Laweh University College, addressing the participants

THE Consulting President, Laweh University College, Professor Goski Alabi, has prevailed on universities to invest in cyber security to help secure their data from cybercrime.

She explained that cybercrime remained one of the biggest challenges faced by academic institutions such that it needed a more concerted and comprehensive approach to address it.

“First of all, let me say that academic integrity and academic fraud is not only limited to Africa or Ghana, in particular, but it is also a global phenomenon.

“I think it is important that we recognise this because it affects academic integrity,” she said.

Workshop

Prof. Alabi made the call on September 7, at the opening of a three-day workshop on Data Protection and Cyber Security at the Laweh University College in Accra.

The workshop, which was organised by the Faculty of Law & Business of the Laweh University College, aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills in Data Protection and Cyber Security, which are critical requirements for the survival of organisations.

The 42 participants, who were drawn from public and private security institutions, academia, financial institutions and real estate developers and service providers, were taken through topics such as Introduction to Cybercrime & Cyber Security; Cyber Security Risk Management; and Data Protection.

Building capacity

Explaining how human beings or individuals were at the centre of the management system of these tertiary institutions, Prof. Alabi said there was the need for continuous professional development as a requirement for every institution to train the information technology (IT), information security and cyber security officers.

“In a world that dwells a lot on information security, it is time we started focusing more on building capacity for cyber security and cyber intelligence.

“They need to fortify their cyber security systems. Let us come together and ensure that we train or even get more certified cyber security experts into our universities to help protect our information,” she added.

Commitment

The Acting Principal Consultant of e-Crime Bureau, Philip Debrah Danquah, said the reliance of people and businesses on the internet for social, educational, economic, political and religious, among other activities, had increased the risks of cyber-attacks and data breaches.

He said business information, as well as the systems that governed data, had become the most valuable assets to every organisation such that a breach could result in serious financial, operational and reputational issues.

He said e-Crime Bureau was committed to providing leadership in cyber security and data protection support to professionals across various industries in the area of capacity building to address emerging security challenges in cyber security and data protection.