Dr. Suzanne Nti and the e-Crime Bureau team displaying the award
The Founder of e-Crime Bureau, a leading cyber security and digital forensics firm in Ghana, Albert Antwi-Boasiako, has been awarded with an honorary award at the maiden Ghana e-Commerce Awards 2018.
The award, according to the organizers, is in recognition of his “Outstanding Contribution to Fighting Cyber Fraud” through his work in Ghana and the West African region for the past eight years.
The well organized event by OML Africa, an international Human Resource management and Organisational Development consulting firm in Ghana, came off at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel on Friday, November 30, 2018.
The dinner awards programme was attended by over 150 e-commerce experts, website developers and owners, representatives from the fintechs, policymakers and renowned industry players within the e-commerce industry. The focus of the awards programme was to recognize, reward and celebrate individuals and organisations who have demonstrated dedication, innovation and excellence in Ghana’s online business industry.
The award was received 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.
In response to the award, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako issued this statement: “On behalf of those who continue to support the Ghanaian people, businesses and institutions in addressing cybercrime and cyber security challenges that affect our country, I wish to thank the organizers – OML Africa for the honour. However, I wish to state that, the real work in our nation’s cyber security development has just begun especially as the government seeks to scale up Ghana’s cyber security readiness. I am grateful to the e-Crime Bureau team who indeed constitute the foundation of our pioneering work in Ghana as well as other stakeholders from the private sector as well as my current colleagues at the National Cyber Security Centre for the continuing support.”
In recognizing Mr. Antwi-Boasiako’s contribution to the fight against cyber fraud in Ghana, the organizers highlighted his pioneering role in promoting a culture of cyber security and the fight against cyber fraud in Ghana. Mr. Antwi-Boasiako’s pioneering roles in the field include the setting up of the first ever cyber security and digital forensics lab in West Africa which have continuously supported law enforcement and private sector related cyber security and cyber forensics needs.
In addition to the above, Albert 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.
Albert’s pioneering work in fighting cybercrime includes 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).
According to the organizers, Albert’s recognition stems from his 360-degree 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.
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.