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The Managements of the Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC), on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canadian Institute of Learning (CIL), a private career college, to enable the GTUC begin training in computer forensics.
The MOU would pave way for the staff of GTUC and CIL to enhance their professional skills through training, interaction and exchange of experience as well as information.
Dr Osei K. Darkwa President of GTUC signed on behalf of his college while Mr Samuel Amoah, President of CIL signed on behalf of his institution at a ceremony in Accra.
Shedding more light on the project, Dr Darkwa explained that the MOU would enable GTUC commence a certified training facility in ethical hacking and the broad field of cyber crime.
“It will facilitate the initiation and implementation of specialised research in cyber crime between the two institutions as well as enable this university reach new frontiers in high education by connecting with people in global cyber crime resources in physically unconnected places through synchronous learning.
“The MOU will enable the organisation of real-time lectures between the two institutions through video conference facilities”, he said.
Dr Darkwa said as part of the agreement, the CIL would assist GTUC in establishing a training laboratory in cyber crime to facilitate the collaborative project.
He noted that: “Computers around the world are systematically being victimised by rampant hacking. Our country is confronted with the challenge of having well qualified personnel who are trained in cyber crime and the broad field of computer forensic.
“This hacking is not only widespread, but is being executed so flawlessly that the attackers compromise a system, steal everything of value and completely erase their tracks,” he said.
Dr Darkwa said there was the need to train qualified individuals who could assist in tracking the activities of the hackers.
“We need to be able to track the activities of these cyber attackers by thinking like a hacker, in an ethical way,” he said.
Mr Amoah in a brief remark noted that there was the need to train and engage stakeholders including the security services, financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and Government agencies to be able to fight cyber related crimes in the country.