LITELCO boss wants Cyber security tackle

By Eldred Wlemongar Thomas 0776219904-0886221453

The Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LITELCO), Dr. Darren Wilkins wants Information Communication Technology (ICT) institutions and Cyber security firms to tackle cyber threats in the country.

According to Dr Wilkins, the dawn and ever-present use of the internet and its accompanying technologies have made it very important for all to gather at least a basic understanding of cyber threats, cyber crimes and cyber security.

The LIBTELCO boss sounded the warning at a one-day national cyber security forum held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Corona Hotel in Monrovia.

But the LIBTELCO Managing Director was quick to note that confronting cyber threats require collective action to build resilient institutions to mitigate the impact of successful attacks.

He recounted that there has been alarming reports regarding cyber-attacks and crimes which must be seriously considered and tackled.

Dr. Wilkins described the internet as a communications tool that affects every aspect of life, naming sectors as education, entertainment banking, health and sports among others.

He explained that internet has brought us E-mail, Face book, Google, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram and, noting that all of whom altered the day to day activities of many.

Dr. Wilkins pointed out that the Internet is a world market place where trillions transact business yearly, while at the same time emphasizing it has become widely accessible by smaller mobile and handheld devices as the global system for many countries.

He however stressed that people now live in a time of rapid technology and social changes, noting the uncomfortable and inconvenient truth that the more people experience these technological and social changes, the more they become are vulnerable to cyber threats.

The forum seeks to focus on creating awareness for cyber security and its implications for Government, business and society.

Some of the sub-region’s leading cyber security experts from business, government and academia are expected to be featured.

USAID, World Bank, LBDI and others are among several institutions from various sectors of Liberia that participated in the forum.

The program also brought together cyber security experts from the Ivory Coast, United States, Liberia and China.

The Central Bank of Liberia, Huawei, Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), are major contributors to the event.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.