Ghana to set up cyber-forensic laboratory Featured

By Paul Nyojah Dalafu October 24, 2019 1075 1 comment

Vincent Sowah Odotei, a Deputy Minister of Communications, has announced that government will soon be establishing a cyber-forensic laboratory to access and screen information for electronic evidence.

Mr Sowah explained that the drafting of the cyber security bill is at various stages of completion, and will soon be laid before Parliament to be passed into law by the first quarter of next year.

He was speaking at the climax of the national cyber security awareness month organised for chief executive officers of state-owned organisations in Accra yesterday.

Bill

The Cybersecurity Bill 2019, if passed, will foresee the establishment of a cyber-security authority, critical national information infrastructure protection, a legal backing for the national cyber security institutional framework and establishment of the cyber security fund.

The bill is also expected to equip the national cyber security authority with cyber security and investigatory powers, legal provisions for the protection of children online, international cooperation, licensing accreditation and certification of cybersecurity providers and professionals.

Digital economy

A cyber security expert, who is also the national cybersecurity advisor, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, schooled the CEOs on cyber security.

Over 30 heads of state-owned institutions were present to receive training on the cyber security challenges and how to share and secure information online to avert cyber threats. The training was also in line with government’s aim to digitise the economy in order to make more revenue.

He said there is the need to build a resilient digital ecosystem to strengthen cooperation and secure digital infrastructure to develop national capacity.

The CEOs were also admonished to implement the skills acquired during the training in their various institutions, to enable government transform the country through digital initiatives.

The participants were taken through the national context of Ghana Beyond Aid, Digital Ghana Strategy, National Security Strategy and National CyberSecurity Strategy.

High social media presence

In January this year, Ghana was ranked in the top ten countries (9th) in the world for the number of hours spent per day on social media.

So far, over 7000 students have been sensitised on cybercrime, with some juries from the high court also trained on how to deliver judgments on matters relating to cyber and electronic evidence during trial in court.

“Cyber security policy strategy, cyber culture and strategy, cybersecurity education, training and skills, legal regulatory frameworks and standards and technologies are required as the dimensions of the cybersecurity,” Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako said.

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