The Founder of e-Crime Bureau, a leading cyber security and digital forensics firm in Ghana, Mr Albert Antwi-Boasiako has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to fighting Cyber Fraud in Ghana and the West Africa Region for the past eight years.
The honorary award for the most outstanding contribution to fighting Cyber Fraud was bestowed on him at the maiden Ghana e-Commerce Awards and dinner night which took place at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel on Friday, November 30, 2018.
The honorary award conferred on the e-Crime Bureau founder, according to the organizers of the event, OML Africa, was in recognition of Mr. Antwi-Boasiako’s pioneering role in promoting a culture of cyber security and the fight against cyber fraud in Ghana and in the West Africa region.
The e-Crime Bureau founder’s other involvement in the fight against cybercrimes including prevention, research, investigations and providing expert testimony support for successful prosecutions and adjudication of cyber fraud cases both in Ghana and abroad.
Mr Antwi-Boasiako’s pioneering role in the field include the setting up of the first ever cyber security and digital forensics lab in West Africa which has continuously supported law enforcement and private sector related cyber security and cyber forensics needs.
Other pioneering engagements of the e-Crime Bureau founder, through his outfit include the development of the first ever home-grown capacity building initiative for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) through the e-Crime Project through which a number of CID officers were trained in cybercrime investigations.
Again, Mr Antwi-Boasiako had led a team at e-Crime Bureau on a number of capacity building and awareness creation efforts especially in the corporate sector leading to awareness of cyber risks affecting the E-commerce sector.
Also his pioneering work in fighting cybercrime include engagement with the UNODC for law enforcement cybercrime capacity building, engagement with Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) on countering electronic counterfeiting in West Africa, project coordination for the Commonwealth Secretariat through the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI), cybercrime research collaboration with the African Centre for Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP), data protection study through engagements with the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) and contributions to the fight against cybercrime globally through his engagement with the Interpol Global Cybercrime Expert Group (IGCEG), research contributions for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), cyber security policy analysis and brief for the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) among others.
Based on his pioneering role and his strong commitment to cyber security development, Albert, was in 2017 appointed by the Government to advise on cyber security related issues.
The award was received on behalf of Mr Antwi-Boasiako by Dr. Suzanne Nti, a Board Member of e-Crime Bureau together with a team from e-Crime Bureau who were instrumental in supporting Mr. Antwi-Boasiako in his pioneering efforts aimed at fighting cyber fraud.
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