The Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, has said, Ghana is part of the global village pushing for connectivity in an increasingly digital world, which calls on everyone to become security conscious.
According to him, there is a growing concern about how security breaches have gained notoriety worldwide
with the capacity to endanger a global economy increasingly linked through digitalisation.
However, Government, through collaborations with partners both home and abroad, is working round the clock to ensure enhanced security for Ghana’s cyber ecosystem.
He said this at the Advance Information Technology Institute – Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (AITI-KACE) this Monday morning October 1, 2018, when he launched the 2018 National Cyber security awareness programme themed “A Safer Digital Ghana” in Accra.
The month-long awareness campaign, the Vice President said, aims to bring to the fore of the general public. Adding that “the already critical importance of security within the cyber ecosystem of our country, as well as the profound impact of dynamic technologies in our lives.”
The National Cybersecurity Awareness Programme focuses on four main areas where there is the need to raise awareness on cybercrimes and cybersecurity issues among Children, Public, Business and the Government.
It also aims to encourage reporting of cybercrimes and cybersecurity incidents to facilitate knowledge and information sharing among all stakeholders, promote a culture of cybersecurity among the youth and the general public and to encourage essential cyber hygiene practices among Ghanaians, and as well as promote cybersecurity best practices among the business community and government institutions.
According to the Vice President, “As we become more reliant on the digital economy, we must have a collective responsibility to create the awareness as imperative for ensuring that our digital world is secure and mutually beneficial to all users.”
He also said, “It should be obvious to many of us that due to the way business is conducted and the linkages between countries through the cyber space, like terrorism, cyber risk has become one of the most dominant issues on the international agenda. As we become more and closely connected to each other, together we become highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. When there are insufficient authentication methods or a lack of consumer security knowledge, then each user is only as safe or vulnerable as the other.”
Dr. Bawumia, emphasized that cyber security should be taken seriously as the world becomes increasingly interconnected. Thus, “It is imperative that as citizens we become security conscious for a safer digital Ghana. It is therefore an obligation that the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications takes it seriously. Government will make the necessary efforts to support national cyber security development efforts.”
On her part, the Minister for Communications, Hon Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, (MP), enumerated a number of activities lined up for the awareness campaign which the Ministry Communications through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group (NCSTWG) shall collaborate with schools, professional and trade associations civil society groups, medical houses, businesses, government institutions, Ghana’s cyber security international partners and other interest groups to implement the campaign objectives and strategies.
The Communications Minister, also indicated that, the Ministry through the NCSC, will implement a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework to measure the success and challenges of the campaign.
The expectations of the campaign, she said, were; better appreciation of cybercrime and cybersecurity issues, better appreciation of cyber risks and a national orientation towards a culture of cybersecurity among children, the public, business and government.
Also, provision of incentives for business and government by reducing losses to cybercrime and cybersecurity incidents and promoting a secured digital ecosystem, the development of evidence-based monitoring and evaluation metrics to measure the impact of the campaign against it’s objectives. The monitoring and evaluation metrics shall include cybercrime detection and reporting across the four campaign focus areas.
And the conduction of surveys, interviews, targeted assessments and focus group discussions to measure the success of the campaign. Feedback from such exercise shall support the NCSC to improve upon the programme’s implementation, and reports covering the programmes implemented, where the report will highlight overall success of the programme as well as challenges.