Today, January 29 the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Ghana West African Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop has began in Accra.
The conference running till January 31.
The U.S. interagency delegation is lead by Thomas Dukes, Senior Advisor to the Coordinator for Cyber Issues and will open the forum with Ambassador Cretz and various representatives from the Government of Ghana.
As the Internet, networked systems, and the use of mobile phones expand throughout sub-Saharan Africa, nations are grappling with multiplying cybercrime threats. This regional workshop, a partnership between the U.S. and Ghanaian Governments, will bring together Anglophone nations of West Africa to address issues such as mobile security, computer forensics, strengthening national laws, building emergency response teams and ensuring that comprehensive national cyber security plans promote internet freedom and respect for civil rights/civil liberties.
Apart from West African and U.S. participants, government officials from Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa, regional organizations such as the African Union and ECOWAS, and the private sector are attending. Discussions will feature the importance of partnerships between government, the private sector, and citizens in addressing the challenges of cybersecurity and cybercrime.
A similar workshop was held in July 2011 and September 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar, Senegal for promoting cybersecurity and cybercrime capacity building efforts across the globe.