2022 Edition of National Cyber-Security Awareness Month launched
As part of efforts by government to promote cyber-security hygiene in the country, the Cyber-Security Authority (CSA) an agency under the Ministry of Communications, has launched the 2022 Edition of the National Cyber-Security Awareness Month.
The annual celebrations, according to the Acting Director-General of the CSA, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, was instituted in 2018 following the global hikes in cybercrimes which have negatively impacted governments, businesses and individuals of which Ghana is not an exception.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the Ministry of Information’s Press Centre in Accra, Dr. Antwi Bosiako explained that Ghana’s digital space is prone to attacks following the advancement in modern technology and the wide use of the internet in the country. He added that cybercriminals have taken advantage to perpetuate cybercrimes to unsuspecting and negligent users of the digital space.
“Studies have shown that increasing reliance on the Internet has created more risks and vulnerabilities and opened up new possibilities for criminal activity.The Global Risks Reports 2022 indicates that cybersecurity threats are growing; malware and ransomware attacks increased by 358% and 435% respectively in 2020. The report also ranked cyber-attacks as the seventh most likely and eighth most impactful risk facing businesses globally,” Dr Antwi-Boasiako disclosed.
In view of the above threat, this year’s celebration, according to the Acting Director-General is aimed at intensifying public awareness and understanding of cybersecurity regulations.
The celebrations for the 2022 edition will be under the theme, “Regulating Cyber-Security: A Public-Private Sector Collaborative Approach” and will begin on the October 1st to the 31st of the same month.
It is expected that the celebrations will help build synergies among all relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with cybersecurity regulations.
Giving her remarks at the media launch, Deputy Minister for Communications, Ama Pomaah Boateng noted that the event forms part of the Safer Digital Ghana Awareness Program launched earlier by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
She further reiterated that government is committed to its digitalization effort in attaining a reliable and robust digital economy. She therefore indicated that the digital space is prone to cyber attacks and must be of concern to everyone.
Source: ABC News