The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has organised a cybersecurity training session for the management of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to equip them with comprehensive cybersecurity knowledge tailored to the unique challenges and risks faced in the energy sector.

In his welcoming remarks, the Executive Secretary of the PURC, Dr. Ismael Ackah, highlighted the crucial need for the commission to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities given the recent cyber-attack on the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

A team member of the Capacity Building and Awareness Creation (CBAC) unit at the CSA, Madam Mary Ama Bawa, emphasised the critical connection between cybersecurity and the protection of critical information infrastructure such as the PURC, given its role as a key utility service provider.

Leading the training session, a Senior Manager at the National Computer and Emergency Response Team at the CSA, Mr. Isaac Socrates Mensah, engaged the staff in a presentation featuring Ghana’s digitalisation initiatives and its accompanying threats as he stressed the need for proactive measures to secure digital assets.

He walked the PURC staff through key cybersecurity threats such as malware, phishing, social engineering, and insider threats and pointed out key vulnerabilities within the energy sector, such as pirated software usage, outdated systems, inadequate cybersecurity awareness among employees, and reliance on insecure communication channels.

Mr. Mensah urged the commission to implement cybersecurity measures to bolster their systems.

Participants at the training who included directors from various departments within the PURC expressed their appreciation for the training and called for more of such engagements.