National Cyber Security Week 2016

A conference on securing Ghana’s cyberspace and digital infrastructure from the activities of hackers and criminals has been held in Accra. The National Cyber Security Conference and Workshop, the first of its kind was on the theme “Unifying Our Efforts to Secure Our Cyber Space”. It was attended by cyber security experts, researchers, academics, representatives of telecommunications service operators, financial institutions, ICT businesses and government agencies.

In a keynote address on behalf of the sector Minister, Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Felix Kwakye Ofosu noted that the Government has embraced the use of technology not only as a new platform to deliver programs and services but also as an enabler to make services available and accessible to all citizens. “Ghana has made tremendous strides in the industry with massive fiber infrastructure and wireless network rollouts from mobile network operators. Further to that Ghana reached a total voice penetration of 133.3% and mobile broadband penetration of 68.9% as at September 2016 per the NCA telecom statistics,” he said.

He added that “Inspite of these achievements, we are confronted with attacks in the cyber space which is a global phenomenon. Ghana cannot sit aloof but join hands with other countries to fight this canker. It is therefore important for this conference to be put together for players in the industry to deliberate on how the cyber space could be made more secure.”

The Guest of Honor, Mr. Robert P Jackson, the United States Ambassador to Ghana expressed the desire of his country to partner Ghana to bring the dangers and threats of the cyber space under control. He said this phenomenon is not only limited to Ghana but a global threat and therefore appealed for a concerted effort by creating a strategy to fight the attacks. He added that the US was ready to give support to Ghana in this direction.

The Director General of the National Communications Authority, Mr. William Tevie in his welcome address urged all participants to actively participate in the conference in order that the outcome can become a guiding document for Ghana’s collective effort to secure its cyber space. He said the conference is a learning ground to build the capacity of all participants to become fully aware of cyber-crime and the modalities employed by cyber criminals to execute their activities.