Ghana aims to become the best cybersecurity country in Africa from its current position of 3rd.
This will help open more doors for investment in the digital space and improve investor confidence in the economy.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, this objective is achievable, based on the significant investments that the government is investing in cyberspace.
She gave the assurance in a speech to inaugurate an 11-member board of the Cyber Security Authority in Accra.
The Cybersecurity Authority under the Ministry of Communications and Digitization has been tasked by the government to safeguard the country’s cyberspace.
This positions Ghana as the third best country in Africa with robust cybersecurity systems.
Speaking to inaugurate the 11-member board, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful challenged the authority to strive for the new target.
She therefore urged the board to support the authority as the country cannot sustain its achievements in the digital ecosystem without cybersecurity due to the increase in online attacks.
“We cannot simply continue our digitization efforts without cybersecurity. Cyberattacks could undermine our gains in digitization. This could harm our social and economic well-being and, therefore, our national security.
“Therefore, the government, over the past five years, has taken the development of our cybersecurity seriously and the establishment of the Cyber Security Authority is one of the critical steps taken.”
The progress made over the past five years in developing our cybersecurity has been remarkable, which placed Ghana 3rd in the African continent and 43rd globally in the latest Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The Ministers of National Security and Defense and the Acting Director General of the Cybersecurity Authority are among the board members.