The Director General of the Cyber Security Authority(CSA) of Ghana Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako has released a statement to thank all and sundry for the support in the enactment of the CyberSecurity Act 2020 which was passed by Parliament last year 2021.
Below is what he had to say in a statement to review the past year and what the future holds for the Authority as far as CyberSecurity is concerned;
“Last year 2021, the Cybersecurity Act 2020( Act 1038) was finally passed to give a legal basis for the regulation and development of cybersecurity in the country. Following this development, the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) was then established to implement Act 1038.
Ghana’s socio-economic development is inherently underpinned by digitization and the internet has become the backbone for the provision of critical services. As digitization evolves, so is cybercrime adversely affecting the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of these critical service.
Cybercrime is impacting on brand reputation, customer confidence, regulatory compliance, and essential operations of both public and private sector institutions.
In June last year, the 2020 Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) report of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) placed Ghana at the 3rd position behind Mauritius and Tanzania, with a score of 86.69%.
This score is significant because at an earlier rating in 2017, Ghana had scored 32.6%. This ranking is a proof of government’s commitment to developing the country’s digital ecosystem in a manner that is secure and resilient for a sustained digital transformation.
The Cyber Security Authority is poised to ensure a secure and resilient digital Ghana by working closely with all other stakeholders particularly members of the Joint Cybersecurity Committee (JCC) and non-governmental actors, bearing in mind that malicious cyber actors get more opportunistic, more sophisticated, and better organized by the second. Collaboration is therefore required to stay one step ahead of the curve.
As we enter this new year, we encourage every business, no matter the size, to consider cybersecurity as a critical risk and governance issue by investing in baseline cybersecurity measures including awareness creation among employees.
The CSA has launched the Directive for the Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure which establishes baseline cybersecurity measures for all designated Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) owners. CII owners are mandated to comply with this Directive to ensure the protection of Ghana’s CIIs.
In the coming year, the CSA looks forward to the formal adoption of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) which will provide a clear national direction for Ghana’s cybersecurity development in the next four years. We will continue to leverage on collaboration including working closely with the private sector, civil society organizations and our international partners to implement the Cybersecurity Act, 2020.
We also encourage the public to report cybersecurity issues and to seek guidance on cybersecurity matters from the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the CSA through the Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact
(PoC) by calling or texting 292.
We thank all our partners and stakeholders for a successful year and look forward to working with you to achieve a truly secure and resilient digital Ghana”