Expert calls for protection of National Information infrastructure

By Iddi
Yire/Josphine Acheampong, GNA

Accra, Oct. 22, GNA – Mr Albert
Antwi-Boasiako, the National Cybersecurity Advisor, on Monday called for
scaling-up efforts to protect Ghana’s Critical National Information
infrastructure.

“We need to address existing gaps in our
cybercrime and cyber security legislation; need to speed up capacity building
efforts for public officials, and we need to intensify our public awareness
creation efforts,” Mr Antwi-Boasiako, stated in Accra.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako was speaking at the climax
of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in Accra.”And most
importantly, we need to operationalise our international cooperation efforts in
addressing the challenges that we all face as a country,” he added.

The event, which was formally opened by
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was on the theme; “A Safer Digital
Ghana” and attended by Ministers of State such as; Mrs Ursula
Owusu-Ekuful, Communications Minister and Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, National
Security Minister.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako said there was a sense of
enthusiasm especially among members of the National Cyber Security Technical
Working Group (NCSTWG) about the progress they had made so far, largely due to
the government’s commitment to cybersecurity.

He said the successes in Ghana’s cybersecurity
development would not have been possible without the work of the Technical
Working Group and said the establishment of the NCSTWG by the National Cyber
Security Inter-Ministerial Advisory Council (NCSIAC) was one of the
foundational pillars of their current successes.

He noted that their colleagues from other West
African countries had approached the Ministry of Communications and have
requested Ghana’s support to establish similar systems in their countries.

“Indeed, the World Bank and ECOWAS are
adopting a similar model to establish the ECOWAS Cyber Security Technical
Working Group to advance cyber security development in the sub-region,” he
said.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako lauded the NCSTWG for making
Ghana’s cyber security project a success.

He said the World Bank, the Council of Europe,
the European Union, UNICEF and the United States Government through the
Security Governance Initiative (SGI) had been exceptionally supportive for
Ghana’s cybersecurity development.

He said in the next coming weeks and months,
the Ministry of Communications would reach out to representatives of civil
society groups, Ministry and government agencies, academia, businesses and
international partners In the Implementation of the next phase of Ghana’s
cybersecurity development.

Air Vice Marshall Griffith S. Evans,
Commandant of the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) said the
programme was in-line with Government’s effort to address the cyber insecurity
situation in the country.

GNA

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