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Scammers, Hackers Shiver As ANTIC, ITU Tighten Cyber Security 

By Isidore Abah

Officials of ANTIC, ITU, IT Managers of Government institutions and elements of the forces of law and order pose after seminar

Officials of ANTIC, ITU, IT Managers of Government institutions and elements of the forces of law and order pose after seminar

According to experts, there has been a noticeable upsurge in the rate of scamming and hacking into personal, institutions and Government secured websites to steal sensitive information.

These vices and other growing cyber security threats have not only rendered the cyber space of most countries unsafe, but have equally made them susceptible to constant attacks from scammers and hackers.

In a bid to curb these growing threats, the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies better known by its French acronym as ANTIC in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, organised a five day training seminar from September 19 to 24 in Buea, Southwest Region of Cameroon.

The training seminar brought together officials from ANTIC, ITU, IT Managers of Government institutions and elements of the forces of law and order.

Speaking to reporters in prelude to the event, Prosper Djoursoubo Pagou, an official from ANTIC, said the seminar is intended to hone the skills of IT Managers in Government establishments on how to better extract and analyse digital evidence on various media such as hard drives, tablets, smartphones, intrusion tests, deep web, protecting computers and mobile phones and social media monitoring among others.

Pagou also said ANTIC and ITU also want to use the seminar to caution IT Managers of Government institutions on the need to respect standards in the Information and Communication Technologies sector.

To the law enforcement officers, Pagou went on, the seminar would help them on how to properly carry out forensic investigation and track cyber criminals.

Meanwhile, presiding over the opening ceremony of the training seminar on September 19, the Director General of ANTIC, Dr Ebot Ebot Enaw, said it has clearly been established that the human element is the weakest link in the cyber security chain.

“Security solutions are constantly evolving, prompting IT experts to promptly adapt to this ever-changing cyber threats in order to stay competitive and relevant.

In the face of this ever-evolving security setting, IT professionals need to be regularly trained in order to fully harness the opportunities offered by IT for the benefit of their communities,” he said.

Dr Ebot Ebot further asserted that it was within this perspective that ANTIC and ITU was arming IT professionals with skills to better identify on-going attacks and secure their information system in a bid to make the country’s cyber space safer.

According to the ANTIC Director General, the rising sophistication of cyber threats is not just to accomplish a singular goal of stealing sensitive information, but to be persistent and effective over an extended period of time.

He, nonetheless, maintained that without the human element, “larger and larger swaths of the world will suffer from poorly implemented cyber security; security task will be sub-optimally performed, leading to vulnerable cyber defences and inefficient run security department.

The success of IT security requires a certain degree of passion, willingness to constantly self-educate and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing threat landscape,” he averred.

Earlier, the representative of the ITU, Serge Zongo, said ICT tools are not only used to advocate for a just, equitable and inclusive society, but they are also used as a catalyst for development.

To Zongo, despite the advantages of ICT, their emergence has brought about new challenges of cyber criminality; especially with the mobile phone, which he said, is the most widely used.

He exhorted participants to take advantage of the seminar and hone their skills to greatly mitigate the effect of cyber criminality and make their institutions, Cameroon and the world at large safer.

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