Ghana's Cyber Security Authority engaged the Ghana Prisons Service workforce as part of its responsibility to educate institutions on the importance of cybersecurity as the world observed Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2023.

The interaction with the officers was motivated by a desire to raise cybersecurity awareness and promote Ghana's digitalisation goal.

Mr. Isaac Socrates-Mensah, a manager at the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the CSA, stated in his presentation that human vulnerabilities on the internet were unavoidable and that the government's digitalisation drive had provided a much more convenient service for the country.

He walked the workers through the many forms of cyber incidents, such as malware and ransomware, and presented some practical techniques for securing a digital system.

Among the measures he mentioned were encryption, multi-factor authentication, regular system updates, the installation of software, and the constant review of app permissions.

Mr. Mensah urged the officers to be cautious when sharing anything on social media and to stay current on security threats as the digital world progressed.

The officers thanked the CSA for sharing what they called a thought-provoking cybersecurity perspective and expressed optimism that the knowledge gained would be used to secure the computer systems of the Ghana Prisons Service.

Ghana marked NCSAM 2023 under the theme “Promoting a Culture of Digital Safety.”