As part of their initiative to fight the fast-rising canker, Cyber Crime in the country, the Institute of Compliance and Cyber Studies (ICCS) under the theme “Compliance and Cyber Regime: The New Order” launched a magazine on Monday, 3rd December 2018 at Erata Hotel, which seeks to not only inform but educate the general public on cybercrime and how to easily detect actions of that sort in any industry.
Speaking at the occasion, the Principal of the National Banking College, Ms. Abena Kessewa Brown explained that compliance has to do with obeying rules and regulations set to ensure the smooth operation of an industry. She said that in order for there to be some form of compliance there needs to be a regulatory body.
She stated that in order for corruption to be curbed there is the need to foster compliance because it enhances transparency and accountability at every sector which will lead to economic growth. She, however, explained that there is a lack of compliance due to cost and the rapid growth of the internet.
Miss Abena Kessewa Brown went further to say that the fast-growing internet has given cybercriminals the advantage to step up their game and take advantage of their victims and hack into personal data of individuals.
“This impending compliance effort in the heavily regulated industries like the telecom, and the banking industries. We look at internet access being one of the innovations but at the same time one of the areas that give us problems”.
Also addressing the gathering, National Cyber Security Advisor, Mr. Albert Antwi- Boasiako stated that the reason why cyber-crime is not handled with a degree of severity is as a result of the fact that when such cases are taken to court there is usually no much evidence presented to persecute perpetrators of such crimes. He went further to explain that an action can be classified as a wrong and right based on the jurisdiction, in that light cyber, crimes are sometimes not classified as wrong in some international fronts.
“We have had a lot of issues with the police, they make efforts, arrest, investigate but when they go to bring the cases to court, which charge, cybercrime? No, it’s not a status.”
By: Jocelyn Afeafa Kugblenu/universnewsroom