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2 ICT bodies reaffirm commitment to enhance cybersecurity

BY: Business Desk Report
 Joe Anokye (left) of the NCA and Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Director-General, CSA, after deliberations on how  to collaborate to develop cybersecurity in the country
Joe Anokye (left) of the NCA and Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Director-General, CSA, after deliberations on how to collaborate to develop cybersecurity in the country

The National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate to enhance cybersecurity in the country.

In line with the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038), the two bodies led by their respective Director-Generals, have recognised the importance of securing the critical information infrastructure (CII) and ensuring a safe online experience for citizens as the adoption of Internet technology in Ghana is increasing at a fast pace.

Areas

In a release issued on Tuesday, it said the authorities would do this by providing each other with all the necessary assistance for the performance of their functions in areas such as building the capacity of the staff of both institutions to ensure that the personnel had fundamental knowledge and appreciation of cybersecurity.

It said the capacity building projects may include exchange programmes, technical workshops and consultations.

The release said other areas included holding joint discussions with various designated CII owners.

It will come up with sector-specific directives to serve as guidelines for the protection of these CIIs; determine a minimum certification as baseline requirements for Computer Emergency Response Team staff in both institutions; and create awareness and educae the public on critical national issues such as technology usage, cybersecurity, cybercrime and related matters.

The release said the collaboration would also adopt a multi-stakeholder engagement approach through partnerships to enhance stakeholder-knowledge on the law and to create a cooperative environment to support law enforcement and build capacities among various sectors.

“The two institutions have been collaborating in several areas since 2017 towards the development of cybersecurity in Ghana; these collaborative efforts, among other things, have been recognised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Ghana was scored 86.69 per cent in the latest Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), a major progress from previous ratings in 2017 and 2018 which were 32.6 per cent and 43.7 per cent respectively.

“The directors thus reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate in order to improve upon this rating and ensure a safe and secure digital ecosystem in Ghana,” it said.