Cameroon’s digital economy – Stakeholders step up ICT protection

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The National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies organized a three-day workshop in Limbé from June 30, 2021 to raise awareness about the protection of personal data.

About sixty participants from companies and other structures in the South-West Region closed a three-day seminar on data security and the protection of personal data online which began on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Director General of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC), Professor Ebot Ebot Enaw, addressed the participants during the opening ceremony, explaining that for the Cameroonian economy to benefit from the Internet, organizations and businesses must have the capacity to provide cybersecurity and fight cybercrime.

The event that took place under the theme; “Privacy and data protection in the digital age; challenges, opportunities and trends in Cameroon ”, falls within the framework of ANTIC’s mission to secure the national cyberspace, through awareness and policing of Cameroon cyberspace. The boss of ANTIC enumerated the many activities they have carried out so far, aimed at fighting cybercrimes which have gained ground during the two decades of existence of ICT in Cameroon. Such include; the identification of 4,242 fake Facebook accounts since 2019, of which 3,337 have been closed. In the process, ANTIC protected 39 accounts and Facebook pages belonging to government departments and members. This is to enable citizens to distinguish between fake and genuine ICT accounts. Likewise, more than 2,050 complaints relating to scams have been received and processed since 2019 and vulnerability scans and security audit missions, thanks to which approximately 68,000 vulnerabilities inherent in the information systems of the audited organizations have been identified. and recommendations made to correct them before they are exploited. by cybercriminals.

The aim of the Limbe workshop, according to the organizers, was also to provide a platform for data protection specialists to work even more closely together to improve protection measures across sectors and ensure that privacy is a guiding principle of cybersecurity privacy efforts. .

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