The issue of cybercrime and cybercrime related cases is a subject of international worry, with Africa being an area of intense worry. Africa is a centre of intense worry because facilities to be put in place for the cybercrimes to be eradicated are not common features in the continent.
An international workshop on criminal justice statistics on cybercrime and electronic evidence was done recently. Tackling the prospective increase in cybercrime was a headliner of the workshop. Tackling the cybercrime in Africa wasn’t left out, with a representative of Council of Europe(CoE) summoning Ghana to act as the regional centre for tackling cybercrime within the English speaking West African Nations.
Matteo Luccheti, a representative of CoE, Ghana should be the focal point in adopting the international standards in countries nearby. He based his suggestion based on Ghana having the best measures to tackle cybercrime related issues in the nation.
The international workshop was organized by the CoE and the National Communications Authority as part of the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) project. The GLACY+ project aims to put up a group of trainers that will pass their cybercrime fighting skills to peers on how to tackle cases of cybercrime and electronic evidence.
Fresh reports by Trend Micro alongside INTERPOL states that cyber-related crimes complaints in the West African region has increased largely from 940 cases four years ago to 2182 cases by 2015; making the region a focal point of study in Africa. 3 out of every 10 cybercrime related cases proceed into arrests, while the remaining cases lead nowhere as a lot of obstacles are faced during the investigation course.
Few African nations have signed and approved the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime treaty, with Ghana been one of them. The Budapest treaty is to synchronize national laws on e-crime, improve cooperation between nations and to better investigative techniques to help develop protection of nations against cybercrime.
GLACY+ National Coordinator, Joe Anokye stated that the invention of new technology tools to enhance network security plays a role in law enforcement agencies protecting electronic evidence.
Ghana’s communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disclosed at the workshop that a move is in motion to set up a National Cyber Security Council, a National Cyber Security Centre to supervise Cyber Security Incidence and a forensic lab to assist in investigations.