Security. Cyber- Criminality under Scan

Economic operators, defense and security experts converged on Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon to brainstorm on certain measures to combat cyber criminality.

Emmanuel NGOTA

According to ANTIC over 12, 800 cyberattacks were registered in Cameroon in 2017. This number was disclosed in Douala by the Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua during the opening of the research seminar on the challenges of cyber-criminality and cyber security. He was addressing the participants in the research seminar while representing the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defense, Beti Assomo Joseph, board chair of the international school for security forces EIFORCES.

The four days seminar that brought together economic operators, defense and security experts was organized by the research and documentation Centre of the international school for security forces abbreviated CRD EIFORCES with support from the Japanese government through the United Nation Development Program (UNDP).

The seminar was aimed at answering certain questions on the growth of threats which centered on the actions to be taken in the face of cyber criminality and cyber security in the central Africa. According to Professor Wullson Mvomo Ela Head of the Research and Documentation Centre of the International School for Security Forces added that we cannot react to a threat without knowing it. The expert sited that with the complex nature of the African sub-region, there is every need to combat this phenomenon of cyber criminality with the last energy.

Speaking further, Professor Wullson Mvomo Ela highlighted that in reference to the last report published by Symantec Corporation, cyber criminality is gaining grounds in Africa which therefore implies that all the necessary measures should be put in place for it to be exterminated.  The head of CRD EIFORCES went ahead to emphasize on the fact that irrespective of the initiatives put in place within the African continent, the fight against cyber criminality and cyber security is not effective as a result non-collaboration by sovereign states. Of which the easiest way to get hold and control cyber-criminality is only through concerted actions.

Addressing the participants on behalf of the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defence who doubles as board chair of the international school for security forces, governor Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua enjoined them it is ample time for the state to look into the issue of cyber criminality and cyber security so that the population can live in an environment of safety. He as well urged the contributors during the seminar to simplify cyber terms in respect to their target which is the population that cuts across all the strata of the society.

To give a cream, the director general for the international school for security forces, brigadier general BITOTE ANDRE Patrick in his earlier intervention said the seminar has as major objective to come out with concrete strategies so as to combat the phenomenon of cyber security and cyber criminality which is eating deep into the fabric of the African continent. So the approach needs to be global in order to challenge the threat.

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