Pan African cybersecurity company Serianu has partnered with Ghana’s InstinctWave to raise awareness and uptake of cyber security amongst public sector institutions.

The deal will target more than 100,000 government institutions across sub-Sahara Africa. The deal includes training and equipping public officials, especially those in charge of Information technology, with key modern skills to counter rapidly evolving cyber-criminal attacks.

Serianu Chief Executive Officer, William Makatiani said that the two firms will derive value from the partnership by bringing public officials in a series of training sessions and conferences to share experiences, learn from each other and collectively gain exposure to better tools and technologies.

“We are starting with the upcoming Africa Public Sector Conference scheduled for later this month on October 23rd and 24th in Accra, Ghana that is expected to bring together delegates from more than 50 African countries,” said Makatiani.

He added that while African national and local governments had made significant strides in embracing the using of Information technology to ease service delivery and communication, there were still major gaps in scaling up the IT officers’ cybersecurity skills.

His InstinctWave counterpart, Chief Executive Officer, Naphtal Akin said that it was important for African governments to take a collaborate approach to dealing with Information Technology and especially cyber security. “They do not need to reinvent the wheel every time and a shared approach framework to technology serves them better as it reduces time and the overall cost of managing cyber threats,” he explained.

Other areas for the public sector officers include leadership and stewardship in the public sector, new reforms in IT and cyber security policy and eliminating barriers to growth and innovation. The training will also cover IT use in public sector service delivery and embracing disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Cloud services and Open Data.