Maintaining cyber resilience is necessary in ensuring organisational development, “that is why the ability to prepare for, defend against and recover from cyber incidents when they occur is very important”.

This was said by the Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Mrs. Ama Pomaa Boateng, at a Civil Society Forum on Regulating Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnership, organised by the Cyber Security Authority as part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in Accra.

Addressing the participants, the Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng said, the focus of this year’s NCSAM, “Regulating Cybersecurity: A Public-Private Sector Collaborative Approach”, is essential to bringing all stakeholders together and to ensure alignment to issues that affect everyone in the cyberspace. “This engagement with CSOs is an indication of government’s appreciation of the role of CSOs in the socio-economic development of the country and the commitment to continue working with CSOs with respect to cybersecurity development in the country” she added.

Mrs. Pomaa Boateng indicated that civil society groups are today, faced with sophisticated attacks such as ransomware and phishing which are financially motivated cyberattacks which were hitherto mainly targeted at public and private sector organisations. She said it was therefore necessary for CSOs to add their voice to create the needed awareness for cybersecurity development.

Welcoming the representatives of the CSOs to the forum, the Ag. Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, in a speech read on his behalf, said, the proliferation of cyberattacks targeting individuals, businesses and critical infrastructure has led to the establishment of several mandatory cybersecurity regulations and that, “the implementation of cybersecurity regulations is imperative to deal with both existing and emerging cyber threats which have the potential to undermine the digital dividends expected from our digital economy”.

A member of the Governing Board of the CSA, Ms. Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh, told the participants that the Authority is very forward looking and ready to receive their inputs for the successful implementation of the cybersecurity regulations.