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WACREN and VCG sign agreement to host WACREN Secretariat


WACREN and Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) have signed agreement for hosting the WACREN Secretariat at the VCG Office Complex in Accra.

Office space as well as space to host the WACREN Network Operation Center (NOC) have been allocated to WACREN.

Commenting on the event, Boubakar Barry, CEO of WACREN said: “This hosting agreement shows the commitment of VCG and GARNET to contribute to the development of WACREN. It is very timely, as WACREN has started the deployment of its network and is in the process of hiring additional staff.

WACREN is very grateful to VCG as well as to GARNET who facilitated the signing of this agreement”.

Peter Kaba, Executive Secretary of VCG also said: “We are honoured and indeed privileged to host WACREN within our premises. As Public Universities tasked with the mandate to produce quality human resources for the development of the nation, the VCG considers the activities of the WACREN which seek to promote the development of National research and Education Networks, a great opportunity for promoting research and collaboration to stimulate research and knowledge creation for the advancement of our community. VCG is committed to supporting initiatives that promote this agenda, and is therefore extremely proud to host the WACREN. Welcome and please feel at home”.

Present at the signing ceremony were also Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chairman of WACREN, Mr. Lucas Chigabatia and Mr. Emmanuel Togo of GARNET, and Mr. Michael Melomey of AGEP Consulting and Investment Limited, Facility Managers of the VCG Secretariat.

CSIRT Maturity and TRANSITS-I Training Workshop - Lagos, Nigeria - November 26-30 2018


WACREN organizes its 7th regional capacity building workshop in Lagos, Nigeria from 26 - 30 November 2018.

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Open CSIRT Foundation,  Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative, a cluster of the Nigerian NREN, the University of Lagos and AfricaConnect2.

The first two of the 5-day workshop will touch on topics of CSIRT/CERT community building, community organisation with Trusted Introducer as an example and maturity building using the SIM3 maturity model.

The remaining 3 days will be devoted to TRANSITS-I,  an introductory training for CSIRT/CERTs covering organisation, operational and legal aspects - as well as a technical introduction. 

All participants who complete the 3 days will receive an official TRANSITS I certificate.

Targeted Audience:  The primary target is NRENs, especially those participating in the AfricaConnect2 project but applications are also welcome from national CSIRTs/CERTs and network security related organisations who are key stakeholders in the trusted CSIRT community that will emerge in the region.

Requirements: Hands-on exercises. No laptop required. 

Language:  Conducted in English with bilingual assistance


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants from NRENs participating in AfricaConnect2 will be fully sponsored (travel and accommodation from 25 to 30 November 2018).
  • Other international NREN participants and NgREN participants from outside Lagos will be provided with free accommodation (from 25 to 30 November 2018)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Please visit the workshop website to apply - https://indico.wacren.net/event/70/registration/

Deadline for application is 15 October 2018


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