In order for the country to effectively combat cyber-attacks and bridge the digitisation gap, businesses would have to scale up the training of their IT professionals, Samuel Boateng, CEO of Slamm Technologies, has advocated.
Government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, will from October 1 to 31 launch the cybersecurity awareness month aimed at intensifying capacity building and awareness creation efforts on cybercrime and cybersecurity issues.
This, according to Mr. Boateng, is in the right direction, since there is an upsurge of digital platforms which are exposed to cybersecurity incidents.
Speaking with the media in Accra ahead of the cybersecurity awareness month, he said: “For most businesses, they need to put the right systems in place; they need to have the end-point detection systems in place. Also, we need to think about creating a system that can identify any vulnerabilities and weaknesses or risks, so that organisations can be safe when using online platforms. I recommend proper security training for IT professionals to enable them forestall cyber-attacks.”
Government this month designated some companies as critical information infrastructure for the purpose of introducing measures and standards to strengthen their cybersecurity.
Mr. Boateng called for the system to be decentralised, saying, “Every region needs a separate repository, a security operation centre, if the country is to make a meaningful change.”
He also advised businesses to conduct periodic IT audits to make sure they do not have pirated software in their systems.
The CEO of Slamm Technologies also urged government to trust local IT experts and move away from outsourcing IT-related projects to foreign companies.
He added that Ghana’s cybersecurity law has to be implemented to the letter, if the country is to counter the growing threat of cybercrime.
Slamm Technologies is a fast-rising cybersecurity firm that has trained close to 39,000 persons in its 1 million campaign aimed at training people in basic IT skills.