ECOWAS CSIRT Week (Guinea Bissau)

October 24-28th 2022

Engaging CSIRTs

This 2022 Edition of ECOWAS CSIRT week held in Bissau (Guinea Bissau), Ceiba Hotel Bissau from 24 to 28 October 2022.

The ultimate objective of the 2022 Edition for the ECOWAS CSIRT Week is to discuss and commence the development of a roadmap towards the establishment of a regional MISP that will service all the entities involved in cybersecurity and cybercrime issues.

1. Evaluate the path taken to operationalise the declaration and consolidate the achievements gained
2. Entrench the esprit de corps among CSIRTs as a sense of unity and enthusiasm for the shared responsibility in enhancing cybersecurity to reduce the negative impact of cybercrime
3. Elaborate on the need for national CSIRTs and their relevance for cybersecurity
4. Consolidate the basics, the technical and practical foundations that will encourage connections and relationships for more efficiency among individuals and among institutions.

As part of the implementation of the ECOWAS Cybersecurity Agenda, the Project Organised Crime: West African Response on Cybersecurity and fight against Cybercrime (OCWAR-C), funded by European Union and implemented by Expertise France, is working to enhance cybersecurity and combat cybercrime in the ECOWAS region. Thus far, the project has contributed to improving the cybersecurity posture of the ECOWAS Region plus Mauritania by conducting capacity building workshops,
assisting in the establishment/enhancement of CSIRTs in Member States and facilitate information sharing among them. The culmination of the inaugural edition of the ECOWAS CSIRT week in 2021 was the production of a ‘Declaration of informal cooperation’ amongst the CSIRTs to engage more in sharing information on organising and managing a CSIRT and on the identification and resolution of incidents.

In pursuing its efforts in building trust and information sharing for a more secure cyber space, the ECOWAS Commission is therefore convening the 2022 edition of the ECOWAS CSIRT week, bringing together established and emerging CSIRTs as well as Member States currently without CSIRTs to reinforce why various teams need to work together in synergy to achieve the goal of a safer West African cyberspace as cooperation and collaboration is key for regional security.


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