Veep launches National Cyber Securities campaign

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (fourth from right), with members of the National Cyber Security Technical Team Photo Seth Osabukle

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (fourth from right), with members of the National Cyber Security Technical Team Photo Seth Osabukle

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, yesterday launched the National Cyber Security Awareness and campaign month in Accra on the theme, “A Safer Digital Ghana”.


The five-year campaign is expected to, among other things, increase public awareness on cyber risks to empower them to live a responsible and safe digital life.

Speaking at the event, Dr Bawumia said although technology had led to enhanced connectivity between individuals and groups, it had rendered users vulnerable to cyber-attacks.


The cyber attackers usually change sensitive information, extort money from users, interrupt business processes in both private and public sectors, misdirect financial transactions and distort bank records, among others, he said.


He stressed the need to create awareness to ensure that digital platforms were secured, adding “when there are insufficient authentication methods or a lack of consumer security knowledge, then each user is only as safe or vulnerable as the other.”


Dr Bawumia said as part of plans to build a digital economy, the government introduced the National Digital Property Addressing System (NDPAS), Mobile Money Payment Interoperability System, the Paperless Port System as well as the National Identification System (NIS).


Additionally, he said other e-government initiatives including e-procurement system, e-justice and criminal justice case tracking system, e-immigration and electronic business registration system had been implemented within the past few months.


Vice President Bawumia said the country would be able to build a robust digital ecosystem to achieve the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ project if investments were made in combating cyber threats.


“The fundamental importance of all the innovations the government is putting in place is centered on reducing the transaction costs of our everyday lives and making the life of the citizens better”.


“For that reason alone, there is every reason to ensure that the systems, networks and processes that govern the use and access to these technologies are reliable and predictable”, he said.


He cited the report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and McAfee on the ‘Economic Impact of Cybercrime — No Slowing Down’ and stressed the need for countries around the world to develop effective and efficient cyber security defence strategies.


According to the report, cybercrime cost the world about US$608 billion in 2017 with developing nations the most exploited.


The Vice President said the Ministry of Communication had drafted a National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy to address cyber security challenges and build a safe digital Ghana.


In addition, he said the ministry had established Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to enhance Ghana’s cyber security incident response.


The Vice President called for strong links between the universities and industry as part of measures to identify and develop young cyber experts


The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said the campaign was developed to respond to the spate of cybercrimes and cyber security breaches.


She explained that the month-long awareness campaign, which would focus on children, the public, businesses and the government, would be activated in all the regions with series of activities including workshops and seminars for selected schools, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Judges of the Judiciary.

By Yaw Kyei, Claude Nyarko Adams and Allia Noshie

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