Ghana’s fight against cybercrimes will be ineffective without the collaboration of respective organisations and various sectors of the economy.
This is according to the Acting Director General for the Cyber Security Authority, Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako.
Speaking at a workshop to validate the Child Online Protection framework, he explained that various sectors and organisations would have to identify their roles to consolidate the efforts of his outfit to help in cyber security development in Ghana.
He maintained that, the overuse of technology and unsupervised access to the internet may cause many negative effects on social skills, mental and physical development which calls for more attention.
“There is the need for us to deliberate more on the way forward, various sectors and civil society organizations should come together for us to work to improve the cyber space”, he said .
To address issues related to child online safety, Dr. Antwi Boasiako called for the development of practical tools to help minimize risk sharing knowledge and experience.
“Let figure out our roles to engage kids or young ones in such development. Most of them are vulnerable”, he added.
Speaking on the engagement with the Bank of Ghana on improving cyber-security in the banking sector, he reaffirmed the authority’s commitment to supporting the central bank in that quest.
“There is the need to protect financial space against cyber activities. We all have our monies there so we need to be proactive in dealing with issues concerning the sector” he maintained.
Ghana’s Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) was passed by the Parliament of Ghana on 6th November 2020 and assented by President Akufo-Addo into law on 29th December 2020.
The act has become necessary because of the rapid digitalization of the Ghanaian economy, coupled with the high rate of cyber-crimes and other cyber-security incidents in the country. The act is said to promote the development of cyber-security and regulate cyber-security activities in Ghana.
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