Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a significant move towards bolstering its cybersecurity capabilities, Sierra Leone, under the leadership of Deputy Minister of Communications, Technology, and Innovation, Ibrahim Sannoh, actively engaged in the inaugural global conference on Cyber Security and Capacity Building held in Ghana.
The event, backed by the World Bank through the National Cyber Security and Coordination Centre (NC3), served as a pivotal platform for networking and capacity enhancement in the ongoing battle against cybercrimes.
Deputy Minister Sannoh, in an exclusive interview with Awoko, underscored Sierra Leone’s primary objectives at the conference. He emphasized the importance of gleaning insights from cybersecurity leaders, establishing sustainable capacity-building initiatives, and fostering partnerships within the cybersecurity industry.
Sannoh stated, “The conference is expected to empower Sierra Leone in countering cyber threats by expanding its global network, sharing valuable insights, and contributing to the development of a national crisis management plan.”
Addressing challenges deliberated during the conference, NC3 Coordinator Madam Mariama, in conversation with Awoko, announced a national skills assessment supported by the World Bank. This initiative aims to gauge the current state of capacity building in Sierra Leone, providing crucial information to bridge skills gaps in cybersecurity. Additionally, NC3 will launch a national awareness campaign targeting various individuals to educate and raise awareness about key areas in cybersecurity.
Madam Yormah, emphasizing collaboration, cooperation, and coordination with external partners and stakeholders, highlighted the significant benefits for Sierra Leone’s tech and innovation sector. She maintained that the conference’s outcomes will contribute to funding opportunities, partnerships, best practices, and a sustainable implementation model in the country.
“Furthermore, Sierra Leone’s commitment to international collaboration is evident through its invitation to join the Budapest Convention, the only international cybercrime law, ensuring alignment with global standards. Additionally, the country has become a member of the US Counter Ransomware initiative, fortifying its cybersecurity mechanisms on the international stage,” she added.
The event witnessed the participation not only of the Deputy Minister and NC3’s National Coordinator but also of senior staff from both institutions. Sierra Leone’s strides in cybersecurity showcased its dedication to securing a resilient digital future and fostering international cooperation in the fight against cyber threats. PSN/1/12/2023