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Not enough has been done to create digital security awareness – Cyber Security Authority

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The Acting Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, has stated that despite the increase in the use of digital devices exposed to cyberattacks in the country, not much been done to boost cyber security consciousness among Ghanaians.

According to him, this poses a threat to the hundreds of thousands of citizens who actively engage on the cyber space.

Speaking in an interview on JoyNews on Sunday, he disclosed that an earlier study by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization revealed that public awareness about the dangers of the cyber space is rather low.

Dr Antwi-Boasiako noted that the situation, is worrying, therefore the need for efforts to deepen cyber security awareness amongst Ghanaians.

“Within the cyber environment, we are using the digital devices; whether it’s a smart device or a business network that has been set up, we haven’t done much as a country integrating the security consciousness into some of our digital lives”, he stressed.

Many of the victims of these crimes are people with low levels of education, especially in the rural areas.
The CSA boss said the low-level cyber security awareness is due to the general lack of vigilance on the part of many Ghanaians.

He said the hospitable nature of many Ghanaians often make them let down their guards; making them easy targets for cyber fraudsters.

Making reference to awareness creation campaigns in the past, Dr Antwi-Boasiako said there have been some successes in helping citizens to stay on the alert regarding cyber security.

He however noted that, efforts to make citizens more aware about the threats of the cyber space will encounter challenges such as the country’s increasing population, as well the diversity amongst citizens.

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