Ghana: Minister of Communications calls for collaboration to fight against cyberattacks

The Minister of Communication and Digitization (MoCD), Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on cybersecurity actors to collaborate and speed up information sharing and responses to counter cyberattacks.

The Minister made the call when she addressed the Global Internet Forum on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Accra on Wednesday.

She noted that with the advancement of modern technology and the widespread use of the Internet, terrorists have taken advantage of the advantages of the Internet to conduct their activities in a more covert manner and thus cause damage to societies in the most more cruel.

The minister noted that terrorists have moved their activities online and the main concern at present is potential terrorist attacks on critical information infrastructure.

“Violent extremists and terrorist actors exploit the various vulnerabilities of the Internet and networks to engage in acts that seek to undermine our personal and civil liberties,” she added.

Ms. Owusu-Ekuful said the government, in an effort to mitigate cyber attacks over the past five years, has made progress in cyber security following the passage of the Cyber ​​Security Act 2020 (Act 1038) with specific provisions for the protection of critical information infrastructures.

She added that Law 1038 grants specific powers to law enforcement and intelligence agencies to use legal process to obtain electronic information necessary to assist in the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes, including terrorism. .

“Prior to the passage of Law 1038, the government had put in place several initiatives, including the ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention, and the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity. and the Protection of Personal Data, also known as the Malabo Convention, to contribute to international collaborative efforts in the fight against cybercrime,” she said.

The minister hailed the initiative of the Global Internet Forum for Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), saying it was in line with the ministry’s vision, which was to secure the country’s digital ecosystem.

“We take our membership of GIFCT’s Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) seriously, and hosting this international workshop is a demonstration of our government’s commitment to working closely with partners, including GIFCT and Tech Against Terrorism, to secure the global Internet ecosystem”.

For his part, the Acting Director General of the Cyber ​​Security Authority (CSA), Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, reiterated that the digital revolution has led to the development of several Internet technologies that have enabled individuals and groups to communicate effectively across borders with increasing anonymity and speed, to an almost unlimited audience.

He added that internet technology has also created a platform for unwanted and dangerous activities, citing that the use of cyberspace and digital platforms for violent extremism and terrorism-related activities is an area of ​​serious concern. concern.

He noted, therefore, that the GIFCT was significantly necessitated by the need for dialogue towards an understanding between technology companies, governments and civil society at large on how to counter the use of digital platforms to violent extremism and terrorism.

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