The Cabinet of Ghana has begun procedures to present a cybersecurity bill to aid in the fight against internet fraud and hacking.
When made a law, the bill would allow for the establishment of a cybersecurity authority where all things cyber would be regulated from.
Mr. George Nenyi Andah, Deputy Minister of Communications passed this comment during a Cyber Security Forum, themed ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Ghana’s Digitalisation Agenda‘.
The event was part of activities to mark the celebration of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The bill he added was essential as cyber crimes had been on the rise in Ghana in recent years.
Mr. Andah stated that there had been an increase in cybercrimes from public and private institutions and based on reports from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) these crimes included phishing, malware, and theft of information.
“It is essential that efforts are made to curb this troubling menace which affects our digitalised infrastructure,” he added.
The Minister urged the NCSC to upgrade its efforts in creating opportunities to educate citizens on Cyber Fraud.
Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, National Cyber Security Advisor, noted that with the arrival of covid-19 more online-based transactions and interactions were being done.
“And with more technological advancements being made, the global market was being moved online and the need to take safety measures to combat these crimes had to be made.”
“We have reviewed our National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy so that more guidance and protection can be given to Ghanaians,” he added.