Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the director-general of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), has stated that the Cabinet is now reviewing a proposed curriculum that would incorporate cybersecurity as a course in Ghana’s educational system.
During the 2023 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) kickoff, he stated that including cybersecurity into the academic curriculum would provide context for the nation’s efforts to raise cybersecurity awareness across all facets of society.
Once approved, Ghana will provide cybersecurity courses at all educational levels, joining the likes of the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland, according to the Cybersecurity Director-General.
The Director-General states that the goal of this year’s NCSAM, which has as its topic “Promoting a Culture of Digital Safety,” is to emphasise the significance of developing a mindset and way of acting as a group that values and encourages responsible online practises, like the protection of personal data.
“We anticipate that the media launch will initiate a month-long national cybersecurity awareness creation that brings together stakeholders from the public and private sectors, cybersecurity experts, academia, and civil society organisations,” he continued.
On the expectations of NCSAM 2023, the Director underscored the need for public engagement for further awareness creation on cybersecurity and the risks, as well as the implementation of regulations to ensure the security of cyberspace.
“I urge all stakeholders to participate fully in these events for an effective outcome. I call on the private sector, churches, schools, civil society organizations, the media, and the public to use the period to educate their members on cybersecurity, he said.
Speaking on behalf of Sector Minister for Communication and Digitalization Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ama Pomaa Boateng said that the swift development of digital technology has presented both many opportunities and challenges.
At the occasion, a representative from the Communications Ministry stated, “Ghana is no exception to these risks; particularly as the country scales up connectivity and encourages e-Commerce activities as part of the government’s digitalization agenda.”
She explained that the media launch was an important part of the NCSAM, which aims to raise cybersecurity awareness in partnership with the public and commercial sectors in order to solve the concerning issues in the field of cybersecurity.
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