By Mohamed Lamin Banya
Sierra Leone through the Information and Communications Ministry has ended a one-day multi-stakeholders’ workshop on Cyber Security Strategy for the country. Information and Communications Minister, Mohamed Rahman Swaray stated that, the workshop is to develop a National Cyber Security Strategy aimed at instituting good practices in cyber security, fight against cybercrime; including protecting Sierra Leone’s critical information infrastructures.
Internet, Mobile Networks and related information and communications technology systems have become indispensable tools for governments, businesses and individuals across the world, he said, adding that these technologies have spurred tremendous economic development, increased free flow of information and promoted gains in efficiency, productivity and creativity across the globe; thus making it a matter of strategic importance.
Mr. Swaray added that, the strategic process will adopt a multi-stakeholders’ approach by engaging all relevant stakeholders, adding that, it will also include deliberations on the current cyber threats.
He maintained that, deliberations on cyber threats’ landscape will identify concrete initiatives that could be rolled out nationally to ensure Sierra Leone maintains a secured cyberspace.
The strategy according to Mr. Swaray will entail a comprehensive definition and establishment of the national priorities on cyber security, noting that, it will also establish a roadmap for integrating cyber security into their work culture.
Deputy Head of Ed McCarter commended the Sierra Leone government on its commitment to fight cyber threats. He reaffirmed British commitment to help Sierra Leone government fight cyber threats.
This strategy he said will address a plethora of issues that are critical for partnership amongst key players. Some of the participants emphasized the need to develop a National Cyber Security Strategy.
Meanwhile, the Information and Communications Minister disclosed that, they have drafted the first National Cybercrime Bill that is now gazetted for Parliamentary discussion.