Communications Ministry to set up Cyber Security Authority

Communications Ministry to set up Cyber Security Authority
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communications Minister

The Ministry of Communications has announced that the Government of Ghana has intended to set up the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), an institution to combat cybercrime and related matters in Ghana’s digital space.

According to the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the CSA will report directly to the Office of the President. She said the new Authority will as well enjoy more secure sources of funding to aid their work.

This announcement comes after Parliament has approved the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention). The aim of the Budapest Convention is to expedite international cooperation to combat cyber threats, both emerging and existing ones. This will be done through prevention, investigations and prosecutions of cybercrimes.

Owusu-Ekuful also made known that the Government is going to put up a Cyber Security Centre. This Centre, the Minister said, will be filled with technical equipment. It will also have training for personnel  to have a better knowledge of Ghana’s IT infrastructure in all critical national structures.

Various sectors are urged to set up a Computer Emergency Response Centre that will be linked to the National Emergency Respond Centre under the Cyber Security Centre. This will help to quickly and easily identify and eliminate cyber threats. The Computer Emergency Response Centre will also allow the sharing of information in the various sectors.

The Communications Minister revealed that the Bank of Ghana is working with the Ministry to help achieve the goals of the Government concerning cyber security. The two institutions are developing cyber security guidelines for the banking sector and other sectors.

The Minister also stated that the Government plans to introduce a new Cyber Security Law. This new law will bring together various scattered legislations into one comprehensive regulation. The law is intended to address all cyber security related issues including child online protection and cyber hygienic practices.

As the Budapest Convention has been approved, the Communications Ministry is working on the draft bill to standardise the various legislations.

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