The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in collaboration with the e-Crime Bureau, have unveiled an ultra-modern state-of-the-arts cyber training laboratory at the centre.

The facility, which was inaugurated by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Erkuful is aimed at executing certificate programmes in cyber securities and digital forensics as well as building the capacity of professionals to build a cyber security resilient digitized country.

Nearly two years ago, KAIPTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the e-Crime Bureau to provide world class capacity building in cyber security and digital forensics in recognition of the pioneering work of e-Crime Bureau within the cyber security landscape in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

According to Madam Ursula Erkuful, the facility will encourage a more practical learning experience as well as ensure that Ghana’s professional standards are current and at par with international benchmarks.

She said: “Our cybersecurity professions must be globally competitive in this increasingly interconnected global economy. Raising our standards will put Ghana in a stronger position to be competitive not just domestically, but also at the global level.”

Madam Erkuful added that the growing cyber-threat landscape as being experienced in Ghana today, is expected and therefore, there is the need to adequately prepare to protect the Critical National Infrastructure, the sensitized information and data, as well as the people against activities of cybercriminals.

She added that her ministry, through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified human capacity building as a key component in the fight against cybercrime.

“We look forward to developing continuous and sustainable capacity building initiatives through the NCSC in the coming years to ensure that every aspect of the ecosystem is brought to appreciable levels to ensure a safer digital Ghana,” she said.

Madam Owusu-Ekuful charged the centre to continuously invest in research and development in order to identify other viable areas to improve upon the standards set for themselves and the industry.

In his remarks, Commandant of KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Santrofi Evans, expressed delight in the facility and said it will go a long way to propel KAIPTC’s vision of becoming the leading and preferred international Centre for training, education and research in African peace and security.

He noted that the facility is a great stepping stone towards ensuring that the requisite knowledge and skills to counter the threats of cyber criminals are guaranteed.

Air Vice Marshal Griffiths said the collaboration will ensure a deeper appreciation of the issue of cyber security and engender full commitment at management level for effective implementation of strategies against cybercrime in organizations.

“We at KAIPTC have seen the good fruits and results borne out of our collaboration with e-Crime bureau, and we are ever ready to build upon this, which leads me to the reason for our gathering today,” he added.