Government Vows to Fight Cybercrime

The President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, has on Monday 21 October 2019, vowed to put in place measures to fight cybercrime in Ghana.

He noted that this would be done through the establishment of additional sectorial computer emergency response teams across sectors such as education, defense and other critical national information infrastructure sectors.

The President made these submissions in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Interior, Hon Ambrose Derry at the opening of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Climax week 2019 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Teshie.

He said government had plans to incorporate cybersecurity education into the curriculum of Basic and Senior High Schools in the country to help build the capacity of people from early stages. He added that, there was an implementation of a 5-year National Cyber security Awareness programme dubbed “A Safer Digital Ghana” to educate young people on the risk associated with the use of internet.

He further stressed that, the attainment of the establishment stage of the cybersecurity capacity maturity scheme was within sight and that, Ghana would continue to look up to other countries which had made great strides in cybersecurity to ensure regional and international collaboration in her journey towards achieving cybersecurity maturity.

He, however, said that Government had tasked the National Cybersecurity Center through the Ministry of Communication to ensure the security of Ghana’s digital space since the National Cybersecurity policy and strategy had been reviewed to reflect cyber security development and were consistent with international best practices.

According to the National Cybersecurity Advisor, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the purpose of this year’s cyber security awareness month 2019 was to demonstrate the gains made over the past two and half years on Ghana’s journey to secure her digital system.

He emphasised that cyber security would not be complete without addressing issues on financing. Adding that, countries like the Unite Kingdom, Singapore, and neighboring countries like Nigeria and Togo had established sustainable financing mechanisms to fund cybersecurity development based on their annual revenue.

He stressed that, it was disappointing to note that, none of the dissenting voices against the increase in Communications Service Tax (CST) had come out with alternative models or proposals to fund Ghana’s cybersecurity and that the public narrative on the subject had largely built around misinformation and misunderstanding of the noble government action.

He revealed that, the government was not using the CST to fund cybersecurity for the banks and Telecommunication but to use CST which constituted only a fraction of the funding requirements to finance the implementation of Ghana’s National Cyber security Policy and Strategy (NCPS).