As Sierra Leone ranks 126 out of 196 on the Global Cyber Security Index, the National Coordinator, Cyber Security in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Dr. Hamza Bangura has been appointed Chairman, Global Cyber Security Policy and Strategies Initiative for the period of 2017--2019.
This decision was reached by stakeholders at the just concluded, Second Annual Global Cyber Security Alliance Conference, organized by South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information, Communication, Technology and Future Planning in collaboration with other global Cyber Security partners in Seoul.
The Global Cyber Security Index (GCI), 2017, is a survey that measures the commitment of member states to Cyber security in order to raise awareness.
Speaking to a cross section of the Media, Dr. Bangura intimated that the conference which attracted fifty –three organizations from forty countries also saw the appointment of Madam Kang from Korea and Dr. Nahim from Mauritius as Chairpersons, Global Cyber Security Capacity Building and Cyber Security Strategy Initiative respectively.
The objective of the Conference, he said was to share practical knowledge aimed at mitigating cyber security threats around the world, adding that since his appointment as National Cyber Security Coordinator in the country, he has made frantic efforts to garner the support and cooperation of other cyber security constituents including state security apparatus to ensure Sierra Leone meets international benchmarks and best practices in a bid to combat cyber crimes through the establishment of institutional framework, formulation and validation of Cyber Security Policy that has been approved by Cabinet since October, last year and the enactment of the Cyber Security Law.
In March this year, the National Cyber Security Coordinator, averred that a National Council, chaired by H.E. the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma was established to oversee the sector with a view to making it very vibrant and result-oriented, noting that the National Cyber Security Strategy 2017—2022 is in its final phase of validation.
He attributed his accolade and the country’s success in obtaining what he referred to as “enviable position of 126 out of 196 on the Global Cyber Security Index” to the aforementioned achievements and initiatives as well as the immense contribution of Government and people of Sierra Leone. On the country’s position in the Global index report, Dr. Bangura said “more needs to be done in Sierra Leone to thwart the persistent threats within the cyber world”. He thanked government, other partners and the general public for their support and pledged his ministry’s continued commitment to addressing issues affecting cyber security in the country.