The government of Ghana is determined to deal with cybercrime threat to make its Internet secure, Minister of Communication Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has said.
He revealed that the government has made some strategies for cyber security in a National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy (NCSPS) document.
He advised not to underestimate the cybercrime hazard as its results are sometimes immense.
He told about the speech delivered on his behalf by Patricia Dovi Sampson who is the Director of Research, Statistics and Information Management at the Ministry of Communication on the cybercrime and internet security issues in the country.
Minister of communication Dr. Edward Omane Boamah
A hacker named Alsancak Tim belonged to Turkey successfully hacked 11 websites from 58 hosted by government portal, ghana.gov earlier this year. These websites were for ministers, agencies and departments.
That hacking was successful due to failure in software updating, The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) reported later.
This opens a debate on cyber security in Ghana.
Further the Minister said that the cybercrime is a borderless issue so it can’t be controlled without the help of international community.
He assured that all the efforts will be made to control the cyber-attacks by his Ministry.
Dr. Omane Boamah added that The Ghana Police Service’s Anti-Fraud Unit along with Financial Intelligence Centre will work with the Ministry and Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) of the Attorney General’s Department will also take part in the campaign.
He requested Media to play its part in educating people about the vulnerabilities and threats of cybercrime for the economy of Ghana.
Moreover he expressed his worries about the lack of abilities of the business communities
to identify these threats. He said that most of the businesses don’t have knowledge about cybercrime.
He proposed a centralized reporting system to arrest the dares of cybercrimes.
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