Liberia: Collective efforts are needed to fight cybercrime – says Minister Kruah
MONROVIA – The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah Sr., stressed the need for collective efforts among government departments and agencies if the fight against cybercrime is to be successful in Liberia.
Making the remark on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, during a workshop organized by ECOWAS, with the support of the EU and France Expertise, at a local hotel in Liberia, said Minister Kruah, stakeholders concerned by the information and communication technologies should be ready to work together. ensuring that Liberian cyberspace is protected.
The minister said the country has secured space at the Paynesville Police Academy for a forensic cybercrime lab project, but much remains to be done to enable the implementation of the OCWAR-C mission of the ECOWAS project team in Liberia.
The overall objective of the OCWAR-C project is to contribute to the strengthening of cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime in the ECOWAS region and in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Minister Kruah appreciated the efforts of the OCWAR-C delegation in Liberia and the governments of Liberia, but stressed the need for a collective effort to ensure that Posts and Telecommunications play the appropriate role for Liberia to have a computer forensic laboratory.
He asserted that, those participating in the training program should take note and prepare as trainers to train other Liberians working with security apparatus.
He said, cybercrime is a major problem now in other parts of the world where Liberia is therefore no exception; Liberia must prepare and take the lead.
Minister Kruah thanked President Weah for approving the final version of the Cybercrime Law, which is expected to gain the President’s approval in the legislature for subsequent enactment.
The team leader of the OCWAR-C mission in Liberia, Ms. Rabyatou Bah, also spoke during the program. She told the workshop participants that the methodological workshop for the creation of a national computer security incident response team (CSIRT) within the framework of OCWAR –C, Expertise France and the French agency international technical cooperation.
Madame Bah told the assembly that they have been working alongside the ECOWAS Commission since February 2019 to strengthen cybersecurity and fight cybercrime for the benefit of its member states, among others.
“The overall objective of the OCWAR-C project is to contribute to the strengthening of cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime in the ECOWAS region and in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania”.
The OCWAR-C Liberia team leader said the first phase is to situate Liberia’s readiness and develop a detailed action plan for the operational phase, to best meet the needs. from the country.
“Today is dedicated to the establishment of a national CSIRT. The objective of the workshop is to identify the needs and the modalities for setting up national CSIRTs. It will be followed tomorrow by an awareness workshop on digital hygiene and cybersecurity. On behalf of the OCWAR-C team, I would like to thank the authorities and all stakeholders present today for your support to the OCWAR-C project team to achieve its goals for Liberia ”, she added.