Universities advised to invest in cybersecurity

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Professor Goski Alabi, Consulting President of Laweh University College, addressing the participants

Laweh University College Consulting President Prof. Goski Alabi convinced universities to invest in cybersecurity to protect their data against cybercrime.

She explained that cybercrime remained one of the biggest challenges facing academic institutions, so a more concerted and comprehensive approach was needed to tackle it.

“First, let me say that academic integrity and academic fraud is not just limited to Africa or Ghana, in particular, but it is also a global phenomenon.

“I think it’s important that we recognize that because it affects academic integrity,” she said.

Workshop

Professor Alabi made the call on September 7, during the opening of a three-day workshop on data protection and cybersecurity at Laweh University College in Accra.

The workshop, hosted by the Faculty of Law and Business at Laweh University College, aimed to equip participants with knowledge and skills in data protection and cybersecurity, which are essential requirements for the survival of organizations.

The 42 participants, drawn from public and private security institutions, universities, financial institutions, real estate developers and service providers, covered topics such as an introduction to cybercrime and cybersecurity; cybersecurity risk management; and data protection.

Capacity Building

Explaining how human beings or individuals were at the center of the management system of these higher education institutions, Professor Alabi said that there was a need for continuous professional development as a requirement for each institution to train the information technology (IT), information security and cybersecurity. security agents.

“In a world that relies heavily on information security, it’s time we started focusing more on cybersecurity and cyberintelligence capacity building.

“They need to strengthen their cybersecurity systems. Let’s come together and make sure we train or even recruit more certified cybersecurity experts to our universities to help protect our information,” she added.

Commitment

The e-Crime Bureau’s acting principal consultant, Philip Debrah Danquah, said the reliance of people and businesses on the internet for social, educational, economic, political and religious activities, among others, has increased the risks of cyberattacks and data breaches. .

He said business information, along with the systems that govern the data, had become every organization’s most valuable asset, so a breach could lead to serious financial, operational and reputational issues.

He said e-Crime Bureau is committed to providing cybersecurity leadership and data protection support to professionals across various industries in the area of ​​capacity building to address emerging security challenges in cybersecurity and data protection.

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