Biometrics academic and Deputy head of ICT at the National Health Insurance Scheme, Kenneth Okereafor, cites the low attribution rates and poor judicial deterrent for cybercrime as the reasons for its continued rise in Africa, reports The Guardian.

“Organizations in the public and private sectors should desist from withholding the reporting of cyber breaches for fear of reputational backlash or regulatory sanctions,” Okereafor is quoted as saying.

William Makatiani, managing director of pan-African cyber-security firm Serianu believes that local cybercrime requires a local solution: “Security is complicated because there is a local aspect around securing systems; most of our fraudsters live here. There is no way somebody will come from the U.S. and secure it, that is the hard work. We need somebody to understand how these people are doing it. Only locals can do it.”

Meanwhile, along the Gulf of Guinea, the Ghana Football Association’s recent introduction of biometric security also included a sweep through the building for bugs, listening devices and hidden cameras. While aimed to reduce the cybercrime risk alongside biometric access control, the whole plan has been widely criticized over cost.

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