KAIPTC Commandant champions activities to mark Cyber Security Awareness month

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), under the visionary leadership of its Commandant, Major General Richard Addo Gyane has arranged a raft of activities to support national and regional efforts to raise awareness on cyber security throughout the month of October.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The period is dedicated to raising awareness on digital security and empowers people to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime, in the wake of emerging threats in the digital space.

The KAIPTC appreciates the significance of a secure internet space and thus wishes to actively join forces with state institutions, civil society organisations, and academia in championing national awareness as an important step in responding to cyber security threats.

Maj Gen Gyane is passionate about cyber security and thus leading the Centre to embark on a month-long  digital campaign on cyber security awareness to promote a culture of digital safety.

The Commandant has greatly stressed the importance of KAIPTC providing thought leadership on promoting a collective mind-set and behavioural values that promote online safety and personal information.

Since October 1, 2023, the KAIPTC has been engaging its social media community by providing daily tips on cyber security with the hashtag #CyberMonthKAIPTC on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter).

Within the month of October, the KAPITC will host the Cyber Tracks West Africa Forum. The Forum will rally stakeholders towards strengthening cyber security and advancing the participation of women in the cyber security space.

The KAIPTC believes that promoting women in cyber security contributes significantly to the broader goals of gender equality and inclusivity in the technology industry – and this is very crucial as cyber security threats such as online harassment and stalking, disproportionately affect women.

The Centre will also host discussions on X-Spaces on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 6p.m. on the topic: “Promoting the Culture of Cyber Security”. The dialogue will offer our social media community an opportunity to learn from cyber security experts and avoid practices that would undermine their security online.

In 2017, the KAIPTC in collaboration with the E-Crime Bureau (a cybersecurity firm) launched a Certificate course in Cyber Intelligence and Forensics.

The programme equips participants with the knowledge and hands-on skills, tools and techniques to conduct Cyber Intelligence and Forensics Operations – and the ultimate aim to address existing and emerging cyber security threats targeting businesses, institutions and states within the ECOWAS sub-region.