Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako.
Ghana’s fight against cybercrime will be ineffective without the collaboration of respective organizations and various sectors of the economy.
This is according to the Acting Director General of the Cyber Security Authority, Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako.
Speaking at a workshop to validate the child online protection framework, he explained that various sectors and organizations should identify their roles to consolidate his team’s efforts to assist in the development of cybersecurity in Ghana.
He argued that the overuse of technology and unsupervised internet access can have many negative effects on social skills, mental and physical development, which require more attention.
“There is need for us to deliberate more on the way forward, various sectors and civil society organizations should come together as we work to improve cyberspace,” he said.
To address issues related to child safety online, Dr Antwi Boasiako called for the development of practical tools to help minimize the risks of sharing knowledge and experience.
“Let us understand our roles in engaging children or young people in such development. Most of them are vulnerable,” he added.
Speaking on the engagement with the Bank of Ghana on improving cybersecurity in the banking sector, he reaffirmed the authority’s commitment to support the central bank in this quest.
“There is a need to protect the financial space against cyber activities. We all have our money there, so we have to be proactive in dealing with issues regarding the sector,” he argued.
The Ghana Cyber Security Act 2020 (Act 1038) was passed by the Parliament of Ghana on November 6, 2020 and assented to by President Akufo-Addo on December 29, 2020.
This law has become necessary due to the rapid digitization of the Ghanaian economy coupled with the high rate of cyber crimes and other cyber security incidents in the country. The law is supposed to promote the development of cybersecurity and regulate cybersecurity activities in Ghana.