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Gov’t to Scale Up Cyber Security Advocacy

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Communication (MoC) has highlighted the need to augment its efforts in ensuring cyber security within the digital eco system.

In an interview with the National Cybersecurity Advisor, Mr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, government will on Monday announce all of its plans to combat cybercrime and its related issues at the Launch of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“We have embarked on a number of awareness campaign because that remains the critical aspect of our cyber security development. We believe that irrespective of how well we invest in our cyber security technical systems, we still need to equip our citizens at all level,” he told the PUBLISHER.

He said, “Ordinary users such as somebody who uses mobile money need to be aware of the potential risk of fraud. So, we need to create that awareness.”

Divulging some of the NCSC’s plans to our Reporter, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako said, government is focusing on building the capacity of Judges which will in turn, equip them on how to handle cybercrime cases brought to them.

“We will also need to send certain signals to the public that when you commit cyber offense, the laws make provisions for you to be penalised,” he noted.

On Child internet safety, the cyber security advisor said, the pitfalls from the usage of the internet are not entirely a technology problem.

“Parents have got the responsibility to help address the issues,” by playing the watch dog role, he insists.

Awareness Month

The 2018 edition of the Awareness month seeks to build upon the success of last year’s event and would anchor on the theme; ‘A Safer Digital Ghana.’

The MoC through the NCSC will therefore expand the scope of the 2018 event to a full month and would reach out to all stakeholders in all 10 regions.

In addition, the ministry is broadening the participation of Ghana’s international partners in this year’s event.

“We have few partners on board like World Bank, Counsel of Europe and UNISEF coming on board to support this initiative that will help us build the culture of Cyber security,” Mr. Antwi-Boasiako stated.

The 2018 event would therefore be launched on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in Accra.

The climax of the event would be held from October 22 to October 26, 2018.

By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmail.com

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