EOCO Engages 29,512 Students In Cybersecurity

EOCO officials in a group photograph with the SHS students

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has engaged some 29,512 students made up of 14,316 males and 15,196 females in a five-day cyber security sensitization program in the Eastern Region.

The sensitization program organized between May 15 – 19, 2023 was in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and support from GIZ Governance for Inclusive Development Programme co-funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, (FCDO).

This was aimed at sensitizing the students on prohibited cyber activities and related matters with the ripple effects these activities have on individuals (perpetrators and victims), families, businesses, and the country as a whole.

Head of Public Affairs, EOCO, Faustina Lartey in her presentation, stressed how the internet has made the world a global village.

She stated that despite the many positive things that the internet can be used for, some recalcitrant persons have resorted to using it for unexplainable negativities such as cybercrime.

Mrs. Lartey encouraged students who hack to stay away from cybercrime. She advised them to concentrate on their studies to pass their exams and apply for a course in “Ethical Hacking” and its related courses. This is rather than becoming black hackers.

She concluded by stating that it is imperative that Ghanaians to work hard to maintain a positive global image of the country in order to appeal to foreign investors and make it a more attractive tourist destination.

She further encouraged all present to report cybercrime perpetrators to EOCO and other law enforcement agencies. She stressed the protection of the privacy and safety of complainants.

BY Prince Fiifi Yorke