The Ministry of Communication, through the National Cyber Security Centre, is organising a three-day retreat for members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication.
The exercise, scheduled from 1 – 3 June 2019 is to build the cybersecurity capacity of the legislators serving on the committee and to review the draft cybersecurity legislations – Cybersecurity Bill and Interception Bill and the Revised National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy.
The various legislations are aimed at establishing a cybersecurity authority, providing a legal framework to effectively conduct cyber-related activities in the interest of the public and protecting critical national information infrastructure of the country.
The retreat also seeks to review the Revised National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, the document which provides policy direction on cybersecurity in the country, to reflect current cybersecurity and cybercrime trends.
The National Cyber Security Centre, since its inception, has facilitated a number of capacity-building and awareness creation activities geared toward obtaining a safer cyber ecosystem in Ghana.
Prominent among these activities is the National Cybersecurity Awareness Programme (NCSAP) dubbed ‘A Safer Digital Ghana’ campaign which focuses on awareness creation for four focal areas aimed at tackling the menace of cybercrime and improving Ghana’s cybersecurity readiness.
Ghana has ratified two international conventions namely; the Malabo Convention (African Union Convention on Cyber Security & Personal Data Protection) and the Budapest Convention (Convention on Cybercrime) in recognition of the need for international cooperation to tackle cybercrime and improve on cybersecurity from best practices globally.
The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is expected to make a presentation on the current developments and policy direction on Ghana’s cybersecurity at the retreat, which will be attended by 36 participants made up of members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication, officials from the Ministry of Communication and members of the Legislative Drafting Division of the Office of the Attorney General’s Department.