ITU trains Ghana’s Computer Emergency Response Team

11th August 2014

A Two-week training programme to sharpen the skills of Ghana’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Accra has begun at the Microsoft Laboratory of the Ghana Multimedia Incubation Centre (GMIC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications.

It is being conducted by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the United Nations-backed cyber security alliance and partner of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The participants were drawn from the Internet communities and points of contact for subsidiary computer emergency response teams (CERTS) and institutions, including NITA, e-Crime Bureau, Fidelity Bank, University of Ghana Legon, Alcatel-Lucent, Tullow Ghana, Ghana Immigration Service and Internet Registry.

The programme forms part of a co-operation agreement between the Government of Ghana and the ITU which was concluded by the Minister of Communications during the WSIS Forum in Geneva in 2013.

The ITU agreed to assist in the improvement of cyber security to ensure better protection of Ghana’s ICT infrastructure, including critical information infrastructure, and the availability of dependent services provided to government agencies, citizens and businesses.

The leader of the ITU delegation, Mr Sagar Mahendram, noted at the commencement of the training that the objective was in three fold.

He said the programme would assist the Government of Ghana to establish its national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) and further develop its cyber security capabilities.

Secondly, he said it would serve as a trusted and central co-ordination point of contact for cybersecurity, as well as build up the incident response capability of identifying, defending, responding and managing cyber threats.

The CERT-GH Ghana Project Technical Point of Contact, Mr Eric Akumiah, who is also the President of the Internet Society in Ghana, said CERT, to be located at the National Data Centre, would be the national centre for coordination of computer security incidences, including a child online portal facility.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Issah Yahaya, expressed the government’s appreciation for ITU’s assistance in helping to build the country’s cyber security capability for efficient handling of security incidents emanating from local and external sources.

He stressed the ministry’s determination to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs in the country for applications in e-commerce, e-government, e-health and in banking and other sectors.
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One Response to “ITU trains Ghana’s Computer Emergency Response Team”

  1. May 16th, 2017 :

    The training is a good one to hence Ghana’s ICT personnel to another level.

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