Government would provide funding to address cyber security – President

Accra, Oct. 22, GNA –
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday assured that government would
provide the funding for the critical infrastructure needed to ensure Ghana’s
cyber security, to protect the people, the economy and the country’s national
security.

Furthermore, as part
of efforts to secure Ghana’s cyber space, government, he said, was to set up a
National Cyber security Authority and enact also a Cyber security Act to
address, in line with global trends, the current challenges facing the national
cyber security development.

The President gave the
assurance at the launch of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month
organised jointly by the Ministry of Communications and the National Cyber
Security Centre at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
(KAIPTC) at Teshie near Accra.

The Awareness month is
to be observed on the theme: “A Safer Digital Ghana”.

With Ghana registering
significant developments in the last 18 months with the introduction of
paperless ports processes, digital property addressing system, mobile money
interoperability systems, amongst others, President Akufo-Addo said, his
administration was taking the needed precautionary measures and investment
fit-for-purpose to make the country’s digital experience safe and secure as the
nation scaled up e-connectivity as part of government’s digitalisation agenda.

“With 10 million
Ghanaians connected to the internet, of which 4.9 million are Facebook users
alone, the impact of any cyber-attack on our e-business platforms or on mobile
telephony will impact negatively on businesses and on the lives of
Ghanaians,”

With the dramatic rise
in cyberspace threat and the hazards of technological advancement on Ghana’s
security, he said cannot afford a situation where cyber threats undermine the
gains made through the digitalisation of the country’s economy, saying no
efforts would be to keep the country in readiness to address cyber security
issues.

Ghana, like many
developing countries, the President noted, had come of age with its
digitalisation agenda, thus there was utmost need to actively secure its
digital space same to sustain the gains made thus far.

GNA

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