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Cyberattacks in West Africa spark debate over online security

Olusegun Abolaji Ogundeji | Feb. 13, 2015
A wave of cyberattacks aimed at government-related websites in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal over the last two months has triggered a debate over how to bolster online security and deal with politically motivated hacking.

Governments across the continent need to put in place long-term plans to enhance cybersecurity, said Leslie Koroma, CEO of app developer Songhai Technologies.

"While the focus on preventing future hack attacks in the short term is nothing but stop gap measures and temporary fixes, governments across Africa should move urgently towards adopting national IT and cyber security strategies that focus more on training a new generation of law enforcement experts who will form the framework of national cyber defense strategies to prevent such attacks in the future," wrote Koromo via LinkedIn.

The national strategies, he added, will also be of significant benefit in training the workforce of the future.


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