June 30, GNA – The media has been tasked to help create awareness about cyber
culture and security issues among Ghanaians in order to reduce cyber-crime
vulnerabilities and risks across all sectors of the economy.
Dr Edward Kofi Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communications, said it is the responsibility of all to be vigilant and maintain peace on Ghana’s cyber space.
The Minister, in a speech read on his behalf at a stakeholder’s forum in Accra, expressed regret that some miscreants continue to remain a threat to Ghana’s space.
The forum, organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), sought to look at cyber crimes trends, curtailing cyber crimes and the role of regulators.
Participants were drawn from the National Communication Authority (NCA), Ghana Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Operators of Telecommunication and the Ghana Police Service.
Dr Boamah said government would continue to work with international bodies, development partners and neighbouring countries to mitigate cyber threats and bring perpetrators to book.
The Sector Minister said there has been an increment in the use of smartphones, fuelling cyber-attacks such as phishing, data leakage, spyware and adware attacks.
He, therefore, called for stronger collaboration between stakeholders to curtail cyber crime in the country.
The Communication Minister said e- government services and e-commerce had also become avenues for nefarious acts online, noting that, the activities of these criminals was having a negative effect on national development and destroying the image of the country.
Dr Boamah said NCA statistics revealed that out of the 25 million Ghanaians, 16,106, 216 (64 per cent) had subscribed to data as at the end of March this year, adding that, “government is still investing in infrastructure to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities in Ghana.
“Last month, the President inaugurated the 800 kilometer Eastern Corridor Fibre project, which will serve major towns such as Ho, Kpando and Jasikan, among others,” he said.
Mr Albert Antwi Boasiako, the Founder and Principal Consultant, E- Crime Bureau, via Skype, said “more than 75 per cent of cybercrimes are primarily for financial gains,” he said.
He said although these crimes took place among financial institutions, firms were not ready to invest in the fight against the offence.
He said there was the need to ensure that legislation on cybercrimes worked in the country, by creating awareness among the Judiciary and the Ghana Police Service, through the provision of technical support.
Mr Antwi Boasiako said Nigeria had passed a new evidence Act, which seeks to ensure that people engaged in cybercrimes were punished severely and “Ghana needs to emulate that example”.
He called for more training, review and enforcement of Cybercrime legislation in the country.
Ms Kinna Likimani of Blogging Ghana said some people were not aware of the threat cybercrime posed to children as there is no supervision when they go online.
Mr Theophilus Botwe, an official from Vodafone Ghana, said there was the need to fix anti-virus protection mechanisms on mobile phones to halt the activities of hackers.