The National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies, ANTIC is on the offensive to monitor and safeguard a safe cyberspace for National Critical Infrastructure (structures that largely affects human lives) through the National Cyber Risks Assessment (NCRA) policies.
Opening a 2-day workshop that starts this Thursday, October 27, 2022, the Director General of ANTIC, Professor Ebot Ebot Enaw argued that National Critical Infrastructure like Water, Energy, Transport, Telecommunications and, Banking and Finance services are enablers of resilient economies and if not secured or abandoned will grossly affect social cohesion, the economy and national security.
He stated that the high level of connectivity the world over has led to recurrent cyber attacks causing the information systems to be prone to malware infections from cyber criminals. Statistics on the evaluation of national critical infrastructure notes that cases of cyber-criminality in Cameroon moved from just 4 per cent in 2010 to 36 per cent at the start of 2022.
Accordingly, the risks on the national critical infrastructure dropped from 28 per cent to 25 per cent this 2022 meanwhile 40 per cent of the infrastructure had a minimal risks assessment of 40 per cent contrary to the 60.90 per cent as of today. This has negatively affected the Gross Domestic Product, GDP with a 2 per cent decrease thus weakening the Socio- Economic Development Agenda for Cameroon
According to the ANTIC boss, the ongoing National Cyber Risks Assessment worksop will not only equip the participants with skills on cyber risk processes to help protect critical infrastructure and assets but will also contribute significantly to a safer and more resilient cyberspace in Cameroon
One of the participants behind the benches, the Sub Director of Reactive Security with the Computer Incidence Response Team at ANTIC , Blaise Ndip says they will use the platform to identify, assess and provide best strategies in accompanying and securing stakeholders who host these infrastructure.
The expert adds that the National Cyber Risks Assessment, NCRA, is one of the projects put in place by ANTIC to secure the critical assets like banking and finance, telecommunications, water and energy, transportations from cyber attacks and ensure that these services are well trusted
At the end of the Cyber Risks Assessment seminar, the participants must have sought a way to secure configurations/trade incidence response procedures for National Critical Assets and their structures