The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has taken its cybersecurity stakeholder engagement to the Ministry of Education, highlighting the need for the public and private players to comprehend the potential risks associated with the use of digital platforms.

The meeting with the Ministry forms part of a series of stakeholder engagements by the CSA to sensitise state institutions to the existential threats associated with the growth of technology.

Mr Mensah noted that while it may be impossible to eradicate cyberattacks, proactive measures could significantly reduce its impacts on victims.

He took the participants through the Cybersecurity Act 2020, (Act 1038), and various types of malwares and explained common methods used by cybercriminals to distribute malware, such as email attachments, public charging ports, and deceptive downloads.

In a series of presentations, the CSA shed light on the importance of bolstering cybersecurity awareness across four crucial pillars - the Public, Children, Government, and Businesses with the goal to equipping individuals and organisations to mitigate the ever-evolving cyber threats.

The participants were also educated on cybersecurity best practices, securing mobile devices, and risks associated with the use of social media and to regularly update their digital gadgets.

The Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Education, Ms Mavis Asare Donkor, applauded the CSA for the awareness drive and Ghana’s performance on the Global index for Cybersecurity readiness from 32.6 per cent in 2017 to 86.6 per cent in 2021, placing Ghana third in Africa and 43rd globally.