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Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Act To Enhance And Regulate Cybersecurity Activities

The Parliament of Ghana has enacted the landmark Cybersecurity Act 2020 to establish the Cyber Security Authority with the aim to protect the critical information infrastructure of the country. The passage of Cybersecurity Act 2020 will also regulate cybersecurity activities, provide for the protection of children on the internet and develop Ghana’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

The Cybersecurity is also targeted at positioning Ghana to prevent, manage and respond to cybersecurity incidents in view of our digital transformation agenda. The memorandum signed by the Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, revealed that ‘a successful economy is hinged on a secured, safe and resilient national digital ecosystem. Cybersecurity is, therefore, very critical to the economic development of the country and essential to the protection of the rights of individuals within the national digital ecosystem’.

The internet has become a critical infrastructure and facilitator of engagements for individual users, businesses and Government across the globe. In Ghana, the increasing reliance on the internet and Information Communication Technology has led to increased cybersecurity incidents such as ransomware, cyber theft, banking fraud, cyber espionage and other cyber-attacks targeted at critical information infrastructure.

These cybersecurity incidents have affected critical sectors of the country including energy, telecommunications, banking and finance and have caused disruptions in the delivery of essential services. If unchecked, it can undermine the security and economy of the country.

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Source: Mfidie

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