Twenty-seven (27) Liberian IT specialists from public and private sector institutions have completed an intensive three-day training in ‘Cyber Security Level 1.’
The training was held from October 30 to November 1 at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) on 18th Street in Sinkor to build the technicians’ capacity in the fight against hacking – currently one of the major threats in the computer generated world of technology.
The cyber security training was organized by LIBTELCO and facilitated by Hak Technology and TechMedia International in collaboration with the Information Service Architects Limited.
Cyber security is intended to strengthen the ability of IT specialists to detect, prevent and contain potential cyber security threats like data breaches, unauthorized access and phishing against hacking networks and other electronic equipment.
Desmond Israel, an IT specialist who also served as a lead consultant from the Information Service Architects Ltd in Accra, Ghana, facilitated the training. He was assisted by a Liberian IT specialist, Edmund Nah Kloh, General Manager of Hak Technology and TechMedia International-Liberia.
Kloh praised the participants for successfully completing the Information Systems Vulnerability Management (ISVM) training. The ISVM is ‘lite edition’ requirements and a recognized Secure Information Systems Users Level 1.
Level 2 of the course will be organized in six weeks and would be an in-depth instruction of how to detect and prevent hackers, Kloh said.
He spoke of the importance of the cyber security training to secure and protect the network systems and assets of organizations, and to also teach the technology users against ‘negligent behavior’ that can create countless opportunities for hackers to compromise an organization’s security.
“Effective knowledge and information sharing is vital to any organization. Content management solutions are intended to help businesses manage and distribute information faster and more efficiently,” Kloh said.
He said that Hak Technology is an effective knowledge sharing and information organization, whose content management solutions are intended to help businesses manage and distribute information faster and in a more effective way.
The participants were Moses Dwana from the Ministry of Health and Leonard Dagbui from the Liberia Electricity Corporation. Others were drawn from the Central Bank of Liberia, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, National Port Authority, Orange-Liberia, the Liberia Immigration Service and Security Expert Guard Service.
LIBTELCO General Manager Darren Wilkins said, “It’s imperative that efforts are made to sensitize, raise awareness and impart skills on cyber protection. The training of IT personnel from government, the banks and from the private sector is to obviously promote Cyber security awareness.”
He said that as of Wednesday (Nov. 1) there were about 19 million hacking cases globally.
LIBTELCO head of cyber security Al-Hassan Sheriff said the training aims to sharpen the minds of the participants and their institutions about the importance of cyber security, which is timely in protecting technological important materials for all institutions.
For Desmond Israel, the use of cyber security in Liberia would help to ensure the maintenance of revenues, productivity and institutional integrity.
He said that being ignorant of cyber security could affect the integrity of institutions from cyber attacks by hackers who are prepared at all times to cause serious network damage, thus causing problems for institution and individual networks.