Nov 2013

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Association of Bankers, Mr D.K Mensah, has expressed regret that Ghana has been identified as a major hub for cybercrimes.

The CEO made this known at the opening of a training workshop on E-Crime and Countermeasures in Accra, yesterday.
Participants at the end of the training would be able to appreciate the challenges posed by cybercrime to businesses and also acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to detect and prevent electronic-related crimes targeting businesses.

According to  Mr Mensah,   the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC) on Globalization of Crimes in 2010 highlighted the problem of cyber criminality in Ghana in particular and the West Africa sub region.

He said what was worrying was the recent ranking of Ghana as among the top 10 cybercrime offending nations by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICC) through its yearly Internet Fraud Report.

He described the recent cases of e-mail-related fraud targeting organizations, hacking attempts targeting government and corporate networks websites and the use of spywares key loggers by insiders in collaboration with external perpetrators to facilitate fraud as worrying examples of the nature of the problems in the country.

Mr. Mensah observed that despite these developments, the awareness of employees of corporate organizations relative to e-crime were below the minimum cyber security threshold, while businesses lagged behind in the implementation of proactive information security measures to detect and prevent e-crimes.

He congratulated organizers of the programme particularly e-crime Bureau and the Business & Financial Times (B&FT) for advancing the awareness of e-crime and its countermeasures through the training.

For his part, the Founder and the Principal Consultant of E-crime Bureau, Mr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, said his assessment of industry’s readiness to deal with cybercrime issues were below the minimum cyber security threshold, hence the need for national effort.

According to   Mr Antwi-Boasiako, it became obvious during his assessment that some business decision makers were not well-informed about cyber security issues and the threat of cybercrimes to their businesses and that most corporate sector employees were not aware of the basic cybercrime and cyber security issues, whilst others had not identified the need for information security personnel to manage corporate cyber security issues and their challenges.

He said other issues identified were the lack of information security policy in most businesses regulating employee behavior which were the human factor relating to cybercrime  cyber security,  whilst investment in cyber security by businesses in the country were very low, though the trend of business migration onto electronic  platform were significant.

He urged organizations to take issues on internet fraud serious and train their staff accordingly.

Source: ISD (Raymond Kwofie)