Rwanda Launches Regional Cyber Security Center.


In Rwanda, a cyber security centre has been established in Kigali to coordinate eastern African investigations into cybercrimes and crimes facilitated by the internet, including as terrorism, human trafficking, and money laundering.

The facility, which is officially known as the Regional Cybercrime Investigation Centre for Excellence, will be utilised for a variety of purposes, including monitoring cybercrimes, gathering evidence for cybercrime prosecutions, and teaching officials in cyber security.

The Japanese government has mostly sponsored its establishment. It will bring together partners, including Interpol, security agencies from regional nations, and others. During the launch, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock complimented the concept of the centre and emphasised the significance of cyber security in the modern world.

“We are increasingly developing into a hyper-connected world, which means unprecedented opportunities for criminals to attack our systems, our private computers and also critical infrastructures. They (criminals) no longer have to leave their house, their country to attack any infrastructure somewhere else,” he said.

He emphasised the need for robust international cooperation between governments, the corporate sector, regions, and the entire world to combat cybercrime. He said the global law enforcement community will gain from the new centre established in Rwanda as a new focus for information sharing, training, and coordinating investigations.

“We all need to take IT security seriously because the criminals are here, they try to look for opportunities to attack our systems, including our private systems. They have the resources. The estimates are saying the global damage in 2025, based on cybercrime crime will be around 10 trillion US dollars,” he noted.

According to the Minister of Justice, Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, Rwanda’s hosting the centre speaks volumes about the government’s emphasis on cybersecurity.

“In the past years, the Government of Rwanda has done a lot to build its capacity in investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes,” he said, adding that technology is continuing to change at a high speed and this requires regular training so that the country is ahead of those who want to perpetrate cybercrimes.

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