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CTO, Cameroon move to deepen technical collaboration in cybersecurity

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and Cameroon’s Agence Nationale des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (ANTIC) have agreed to work together to increase the country’s readiness in cyber governance, cybersecurity, critical information infrastructure protection and IT forensic investigations.

The agreement between the CTO and ANTIC, which details a range of expert training programmes in these areas, was signed today in Yaoundé by the heads of the two organisations.

Dr Ebot Ebot Enaw, Director-General of ANTIC, and Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the CTO.

Dr Enaw, ANTIC’s Director-General said “Cameroon has embarked on a major drive to leverage ICTs to support its national development vision, and we consider the security of our public and private sector information systems and our ability to deal with associated risks, emergencies and crime extremely important, and ANTIC has deemed it necessary to seek the CTO’s support to build the capacity of its staff and other stakeholders in these areas,” said Dr Enaw, ANTIC’s Director-General.

“Our work in the area of cybersecurity started with the development of a national strategy for Cameroon, working closely with the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. This agreement is necessary in the sense that it will help put in place the key operational systems and processes to implement the country’s strategy,” assured Shola Taylor, secretary-general of the CTO.

The agreement was formally signed as the climax of a one-week workshop on cybersecurity also taking place this week in Cameroon.

Programmes to be delivered to ANTIC’s employees and key other national stakeholders in the coming months will address major issues including IT management and leadership, Risk management and business continuity planning, Information system security audits, IT governance, Forensic investigations, Introduction to cybersecurity, Critical information infrastructure protection and cybersecurity.

Computer emergency response teams

It would recalled that CTO remains the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs