Dr Abdul Kamara, Manager, Cyber Security, National Telecommunication Commission, has disclosed that, a bill on cyber security has been drafted and will be taken to the Attorney General for approval before tabling it in Parliament. He made this disclosure on Tuesday 22nd October 2019, at the usual police press briefing, at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters. Kamara stressed the need for a cyber-security law which will help to regulate some of the cyber related issues in the country. Kamara said, cyber-crime has become a menace in the country, and called for urgent attention. He said, the issue of cyber security is one that can only be addressed through collective efforts from both the government and the private sector. According to statistics from Safe At Last, cybercrime generates around $ 1.5 trillion per year, and a hack occurs every 39 seconds. Global cybercrime damages are estimated to cost $6 trillion. 60% of fraud goes through mobile devices, and 80% of which are generated from mobile apps.
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Cybercrime Unit, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), revealed that 60% of the cybercrimes committed in Sierra Leone are through mobile applications. The department has recorded many cases of cybercrimes in recent times, but the unit remains challenged because there is no legislation on cybercrime offenders if they are charged to court. According to the National Telecommunication Commission, since most of the cybercrime frauds are through mobile apps, the need for the registration of sim cards is very crucial to decrease the crime rate and trace perpetrators. For the Commission believes that cyber-attack is another attack right now, and should not be treated with levity.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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