Government poised to ensure proper regulation of cyber security- Ursula

Minister for Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD), Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) says following the coming into force of the Cyber Security Act 2020, government was determined to ensure proper regulation of the Cyber space to build a national information Infrastructure.

According to her, efforts were underway to operationalize the Cyber Security Authority this year and because the law “makes provision for a Cyber–Security Fund, we are working with Ministry of Finance to activate that as well”.

The Minister was speaking at a joint high-level Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) event in Accra on the 18th of May 2021.

She hinted that talks were ongoing with the Ministry of Finance to get the fund working and also help with the effective operation of the centre.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said to promote voice and data connectivity across the country, the Ministry was poised to activate sections of the law that allowed for persons on the rural telephony network to pay lower tariff than those on commercial sites.

She expressed the government’s commitment to develop the Cyber Security space to meet best international practices and protect people’s digital rights.

The Minister said the introduction of the Freedom Online Conference has afforded Ghana the platform to explain some initiatives undertaken to safeguard the country’s digital space.

The Conference will also help protect the human rights of online users and the rights of businesses, adding, Ghana continues to lead in the West African sub region when it comes to online safety practices.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful gave the assurance that all efforts were being made to ensure that Ghana’s exposure to hackers is minimized.

National Cyber Security Advisor, Dr Albert Antwi Boasiako, in a remark, said the COVID-19 pandemic had reinforced the need to bridge inequalities and gaps in the Digital space to ensure that underprivileged and underserved communities in the country had easy access to digital devices and services.

The event is a follow up to the 8th Annual Freedom Online Conference hosted by Ghana last year.

Note to the Editor

FOC is a group of 32 government’s that work together to advance internet freedom, mainly through shaping global norms through joint statements, multi-stakeholder engagement with their advisory network and through coordinating diplomatic initiatives and interventions at relevant international forums.