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Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Centre launches Cyber Intelligence course

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in collaboration with the E-Crime Bureau (a cybersecurity firm) has launched a Certificate course in Cyber Intelligence and Forensics.

The launch, which was held at the KAIPTC Conference Hall, had the Commandant of KAIPTC, KAIPTC Faculty Members, Facilitators of the programme, Representatives of e-crime, course participants and some media houses in attendance.

The programme is intended to equip participants with the knowledge and hands-on skills, tools and techniques to conduct Cyber Intelligence and Forensics Operations.

The ultimate aim of the course is to address existing and emerging cyber security threats targeting businesses, institutions and states within the ECOWAS sub-region.

An aspect of the course explores security vulnerabilities of e-payment platforms as well as security and forensics response to mitigate the associated risks.

It will explore organizations’ exposure to cybercrimes as well as approaches and procedures in investigating associated cyber-related incidents.

Participants will learn how to forensically examine digital evidence and develop strong analytical skills in conducting cybercrime investigations. Facilitators will also take participants through lab sessions to identify, preserve, collect, and analyse digital evidence in order to present digital forensic report which will be admissible in the court of law.

At the launch of the course, the Board Chairman of the E-crime Bureau, D.K Mensah, said his outfit’s  collaboration with KAIPTC was a demonstration of its commitment to supporting all industries by providing the requisite skills needed to address the emerging cybersecurity and forensic challenges facing our country, and going forward, the entire sub-region.

According to him, “as a Board, we will continue to engage with KAIPTC to expand the current training collaborations. Particularly, training on cybersecurity of Chief Executives and top Management is one of the areas we are looking at.”

In a speech read on his behalf by the Technical Director of National security, Benedict Dery, the sector Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah expressed his pleasure at being part of the launch of the maiden course on cyber intelligence and forensics.

“It is becoming increasingly challenging for many professionals to carry out comprehensive investigations and prosecute cybercrime offences. It is in this vein that I view this course on cyber intelligence and forensics as a major step in our fight against cybercrime by further equipping our professionals in the various security services with adequate tools to enhance their trade, craft and knowledge,’ the Minister said.

“Government over the past few months has taken some effective approaches to address the challenges of cybercrime, through the introduction of the Digital Address System, the National Identification System and the Paperless System at country’s port among others. The President H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at the opening of the National Cyber Security Week in Accra, further reiterated government’s commitment to improve the forensic capabilities of our Law enforcement Agencies notably the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to enable officers investigate and prosecute cyber-facilitated crimes. It is equally worth noting that, in April this year, some selected law enforcement officers including judges and Prosecutors took part in a training workshop organized by Global Action on Crime Extended ( Glacy+) on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence,” he added.

“This course on Cyber Intelligence and Forensics is, therefore, deemed as one of the many approaches that will help to develop the capacity of relevant professionals who will, in turn, transfer such knowledge to their colleagues at their various workplaces.”

The course, which has 70 participants, is expected to run from the 4th to the 9th of December.

By: Michael Ogbodu/citifmonline.com/Ghana