MOC Celebrates National Cyber Security Week

The National Cyber Security Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of Cyber Crime trends and to highlight the growing importance of cyber security at all levels of business and governance. Cyber Security Week was aimed to build threat awareness of cyber space and anti-cyber-crime initiatives as well as to build the capacity of different stakeholders within the cyber security ecosystem.
The event which commenced on Monday, October, 23rd 2017, at the Accra International Conference Centre was graced by the President of the Republic, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the National Cyber Security Advisor, Mr. Albert Antwi-Bosiako, the United States Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Robert P. Jackson, the Council of Europe Mr. Manuel de Almeida Pereira. 
 The President said that, government intends to establish a Cyber Security Centre as it has been done in other countries to liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee Cyber Security operations at the national level. According to the President, the National Digital and Property Addressing System, e-Payments, Digital Financial Services and the various e-government initiatives in which Ghana is now taking so much pride can be brought to a halt or undermined by cybercrime.
On Cybercrime issues, the President lamented that they are national security threats, adding, “Ghana cannot fully reap the digital dividends associated with her adoption of ICT as a means of our socio-economic transformation, if the country fails to mitigate both existing and emerging cyber security threats”. The president noted that the initiative in combating cybercrime requires financial commitment. He assured that Government will do whatever possible to implement cyber security policies and programs.  
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako, said the current level of digitization; both in the public and private sectors of our economy requires concerted efforts to scale up our cyber security, which is rated below 35% by International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
He added that the Global Cyber Security Index Report, 2017 from ITU provides  good background of cyber security landscape of Ghana across multiple domains, including the state of Ghana national cybercrime legislations and enforcements, current technical measures, cyber security institutional frame works, capacity building and cooperation. 
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson emphasized that US is committed to support the effort of Ghana to strengthen its cyber security capacity to enable Ghanaians be abreast with cyber security and its related issues.
 Adding her voice, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Ms. Rushnan Murtaza commended the Ministry of Communications for creating this platform which aids in educating people about the cyber space.   She further reiterated that the United Nations is committed to make the internet space a safer and secured place for users.  
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications said the Ministry has an oversight responsibility for government’s digitization agenda which is actively working to ensure the success of the initiatives being implementing by the government which include National Identification System, National Digital Property Addressing System and a number of E-government Projects.
 
She disclosed that the Communications Ministry will build an effective harmonized national cyber security strategy with multi stakeholders’ engagement. This commitment shown by the various stakeholders according to the Minister, gives her the confidence that Ghana can achieve it.