23 Feb Ghana aims to become number one cyber secure country in Africa
Ghana is aiming to push itself to take the lead spot as the most cyber secure country in Africa. Currently, it sits in third position.
If Ghana succeeds, the move is expected to help open more doors and encourage investments in the digital space and improve investor confidence in the economy.
According to Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, becoming the most secure country is achievable, based on the significant investment government is putting into the cyber space. She made the assurance in a speech to inaugurate an 11 member Governing Board of the Cyber Security Authority in Accra.
Ghana’s government has charged the Cyber Security Authority under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to ensure the country reaches the top spot with the most robust cyber security systems.
Speaking to the Cyber Security Authority, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said: “We cannot simply sustain our digitalisation efforts without cyber security. Cyber-attacks could undermine our gains in digitalisation. It could undermine our social and economic well-being and consequently, our national security.
“Therefore, the government, within the last five years, has taken our cyber security development seriously and the establishment of the Cyber Security Authority is one of the critical milestones achieved.”
Progress made in the last five years in Ghana’s cyber security development has been remarkable and this has placed Ghana 3rd on the African continent and 43rd globally in the latest Global Cyber Security Index (GCI) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).