West African Countries to Fight Cybercrime. Online Computer Training Can Enhance Security Awareness
The all-pervasive nature of cybercrime necessitates collaboration among the various counter crime agencies.
(prHWY.com) December 29, 2010 - -, NM -- Countries across the world are recognizing the threats posed by cybercrime. The fight against cybercrime requires a cohesive and coordinated approach. The all-pervasive nature of cybercrime necessitates collaboration among the various counter crime agencies. Varied definitions and lack of common laws on cybercrime are some of the major hurdles in the fight against cybercrime. Over the recent years, West African countries have been the breeding ground for cybercriminals. Poverty and underdevelopment are the major causes for growth of cybercrime in the region. Recognizing the importance of a united fight against cybercrime, the countries have agreed to work together during the recently concluded West Africa Cybercrime Summit. Delegates at the summit emphasized on the need for a robust cyber security framework.

Counter crime agencies require support in the form of strong legal framework, which penalize cybercrime. West African nations also require a strong base of cyber security experts with expertise in system administration, network administration, penetration testing, security audit, forensic investigation, information security and software development to deal with the future challenges of cybercrime. Cyber-attacks have increased in sophistication and frequency. Individuals, business organizations and government bodies are all affected by cyber-attacks.

Cybercrime also poses threat to the national security. Military and Intelligence departments of leading countries are encouraging security certifications such as certified ethical hacker training among their staff to improve their technical capabilities.

Countries of the region can learn from the experience of developed and developing countries in devising computer education programs. Initiatives such as online computer training programs may help the West African countries in creating awareness on cyber security issues among the people and create resistance against Internet fraud. Schools and Universities of the region may also share faculty resources and explore possibilities of collaboration to improve cyber education.

The fight against cybercrime requires coordinated effort among all stake holders such as government bodies, educational institutions, business organizations and law enforcement authorities.

EC-Council provides industry training and certification for information security professionals in ethical hacking among many other specializations. "Understanding how hackers exploit these vulnerabilities is a key requirement to hardening software and hardware. That is why EC-Council focuses on ethical hacking as an approach to information security evaluation" as stated by EC-Council's Senior Director, Steven Graham. EC-Council through its Certified Ethical Hacker program has trained such information security professionals from all over the world.

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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