Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia yesterday launched the 2018 national cyber security awareness program. The month-long awareness campaign, dubbed “A Safer Digital Ghana”, is to bring to the attention of the general public to the already critical importance of security within the cyber ecosystem of Ghana.
It is also expected to promote better cyber security practices in line with the government’s vision of creating a secure cyber space for businesses and citizens.
Speaking at the program, the Vice-President called for an intensive and coordinated efforts to fight cyber crime in the country.
“This is necessary if the ordinary citizen is to make payment via the internet without fear that the transaction will be truncated or diverted into an unintended account. Until we work towards this objective the perception that digital security across the country are not secure will negatively impact business improvement and our digital economy development ethics. We all need to support the efforts to achieve a safer digital Ghana.”
Also speaking at the same event, Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful blamed the persistent rate of online scams on Ghanaians’ lack of cyber security awareness.
The minister also called for serious monitoring of the various social media platforms which she said are being used to spread fake news.
She said “Fake news is spreading like wild fire on our social media networks and that also causes a security threat. We will have to monitor the social media as well. There is ample reason for the persistent of this scam and it is very simple. Lack of awareness on the cyber risks and threats by majority of our citizens.”
Also present at the program was the information minister designate Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. The official launch of the national cyber security awareness month(NCSAM) 2018 and the launch of the national cyber security awareness campaign took place at the Kofi Annan centre of excellence in ICT, Ridge – Accra.
Story by: Yohaness Awunyo Kofi Kuvor