The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2022 is set to take-off from 1st to 31st October 2022 across the country. The month-long event is under the theme, “Regulating Cybersecurity: A Public-Private Sector Collaborative Approach” and scheduled to be formally launched on October 3, 2022, by the Vice President, His Excellency Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia.
The key objectives of NCSAM 2022 are to:
- Enhance public-private sector understanding of cybersecurity regulations
- Receive inputs from industry players and stakeholders on the implementation of the various regulatory activities currently being implemented by the CSA
- Build synergies among all relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance of cybersecurity regulations
- Create awareness on the Cybersecurity Act 2020 and promote the relevance of cybersecurity regulations among children, the Public, Businesses and Government, whilst highlighting the need for public-private cooperation
The October 2022 event will focus on key priority areas, consistent with the programme of activities of the Authority including;
- Regulations and Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII)
- Regulations of Cybersecurity Service Providers and Cybersecurity Professionals
- Accreditation of Sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
- CSA & National Security Engagements on the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 for Regional Security Councils (REGSECs)
- Regulations and the Implementation of Investigatory Powers in Act 1038
- Regulations and the Protection of Children Online
- Joint Initiatives/Programmes (CSA with JCC members and private sector, international partners, etc.)
- International Cooperation – MoU with Rwanda, Mozambique, etc.) during the event
- Traditional and social media activities, etc.
The events will be undertaken through physical engagements and the use of virtual platforms and media channels. It will involve thought-provoking leadership sessions, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, training sessions, and media engagements. Corporate Institutions as well as identifiable Civil Society and Religious groups are also expected to organise cybersecurity awareness programmes for their members.
To coordinate and ensure a successful and impactful NCSAM, a 12-member steering committee co-chaired by the Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Mrs. Ama Pomaa Boateng, has been meeting and planning since July 7, 2022.
Other members of the committee are:
- Ag. Director-General of the Cybersecurity Authority – Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako
- Ms Adjoa Asamoah – Bank of Ghana
- Mr. Derek Laryea – Private sector
- Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – Ministry of Information
- Ms Angela Adu Ampofo – MTN
- Mr. Benjamin Ofori, CSA
- Mr. Alex Oppong, CSA
- Mrs Mercy Araba Kertson, CSA
- Ms. Jennifer Mensah, CSA
- Ms Faustina Maner Angmor, CSA
- Capacity Building and Awareness Creation Team, CSA