500 students receive training in cyber security

As part of activities to mark the National Cyber Security Awareness month in Ghana, 500 students from three Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Upper West Region, have been trained on cyber usage and security.

The training, which was undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre, under the Ministry of Communications, focussed on cyber space, importance of the internet, vulnerability of internet users, cyber hygiene and cyber fraud.

Speaking on the sidelines of the training, a member of the planning committee for this year’s awareness month, who was a facilitator for the training, Mr  Philip Danquah Debrah, said Ghana’s readiness to combat cyber security issues was below 30 per cent, which was why the annual celebration of the cyber space was stretched over a month to cover all the regions in Ghana.

“The month will see members of the national cyber security team visit all ten regions to interact with students,law enforcement agencies, the youth and other stakeholders on how to safely use the internet,” he revealed.

Mr Debrah hinted that the maiden training programme in schools was a pilot exercise to determine the knowledge of individuals in the various regions on cyber usage and its related security issues across the country.

He indicated that “based on our assessment after the training, we will know how to target subsequent training exercises and how to design the training kits for the various regions.”

Touching on the theme for this year’s celebration, which is “a safer digital Ghana,” Mr Debrah decried the extent to which government was embarking on digital drive, and how Ghanaians were fast embracing the use of internet without recourse to the needed safety tips to consolidate the usage.

“Recently, we have had a lot of big institutions, banks and individuals, who have fallen victims to cyber fraud issues with some leading to suicide, loss of huge sums of money, among others, and this has compelled the National Cyber Security Centre to step up its campaign in ensuring a safer digital age,’ Mr Debrajh stated.

He reiterated the call on Ghanaians to avoid sharing very personal or delicate information and nude pictures on social media.

A guidance and counselling teacher at the Wa SHS, Mr. Bartholomew Dabuo, who participated in the training, lauded the exercise, and urged the organisers to expand the scope so that more schools could be involved and benefit.

BY LYDIA DARLINGTON FORDJOUR

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