Foreign and local investors in Ghana have been assured of a safe business environment despite an increase in cyber-crime cases in the country.
Currently, a total of 11,545 reports have been made through the Cybercrime/Cyber security Incident Reporting Points of Contact between January and August 2020.
But government says it has put in place measures to ensure that businesses thrive despite the existing threat.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the formal opening of the program in Accra, a Deputy Minister for Communications, Alexander Abban, said the business environment is safe despite the risks Ghana faces in the event of a cyber-attack.
“Though we are also prone to all the attacks and deficiencies that the internet has brought, all efforts are being made to make sure that we have a safer ecosystem in Ghana. Businesses should not shy away from investing in the country. They should take advantage of the opportunities we have as our internet space is quite safe,” he said.
The National Cyber Security Advisor, Albert Antwi-Boasiako, also said government is making strides in its fight against cyber-crimes.
He added that there’s commitment to improve the safety of businesses and the citizenry though the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on individuals and the economy.
“Although efforts at the Government and policy level are important, we do not undervalue the need to also engage and empower citizens to ensure that efforts are being put in place to create awareness among our citizens who are the ultimate beneficiary of the work of the Centre. Indeed, the National Cyber Security Centre will continue to play the role it has been playing since its establishment; to continue to implement measures aimed at securing Ghana’s digital journey,” he said.
The National Cyber Security Awareness Month program is part of national efforts to build capacity and raise awareness on cybercrimes; and the need to improve Ghana’s cybersecurity readiness among children, the general public, corporate Ghana and government agencies.
The theme for this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness month is ‘Cybersecurity in the era of COVID-19”.