Students of the GIMPA School of Technology have been trained on web, mobile application flaws and cyber security.
The event in partnership with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization is to raise awareness on cyber security threat and train students on how to develop secure applications.
It also brought together other students from different schools who were taught how to secure and explore the web through a live demonstration.
Head of Cyber Security at Quantum Security Solutions and leader of the OWASP team, Ash Dastmalchi underscored the need for everyone to take cyber security seriously.
He stated that, every vibrant technology marketplace needs an unbiased source of information on best practices as well as an active body advocating open standards.
Mr. Dastmalchi revealed that, OWASP has local chapters around the world that help teach, learn, and inspire application security.
“Our Student Chapters program helps to extend application security into colleges and universities worldwide. If your school has a computer science or management information systems degree, we can help you start a Student Chapter there” he added.
Mr. Dastmalchi stressed that, “everyone is free to participate in OWASP and all of our material are available under a free and open software license”.
Also, President of the GIMPA School of Technology Students Association, Adam Nurunini was happy at the massive turnout.
He indicated that, their aim is to help students develop secure codes to enable them reduce the threat cyber security poses to the country.
Adam Nurunini said they intend to organize and Information Technology exhibition on Artificial Intelligent, Block Chain and Cybersecurity to enable students exhibit their talents and increase security awareness.
“We have plans to invite other schools to come and show us what they are doing to increase cyber security awareness” he noted.
For his part, the patron of the GIMPA School of Technology Students Association, Kwasi Boakye-Boateng was elated about the programme.
He noted that, cyber security as a course is rarely taught in schools thus offering students such an opportunity is a step in the right direction.
Mr. Boakye-Boateng who is also a lecturer at the school expressed worry about the countless security issues in the cyber space in Ghana.
“In Ghana there are a lot of flaws from the military, government, educational institutions and even to corporate especially the banks” he opined.
But Mr. Boakye-Boateng said GIMPA School of Technology is the hub to safeguard these institutions if given the needed support.
He expressed his profound gratitude to OWASP and hoped for a long term partnership for his GIMPA students to learn more on cyber security.