Communications Ministry Commits To Fight Cyber Crime

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The Ministry of Communications has hinted that, it is working on a draft legislation to fight cyber crime. The legislation, according to the ministry, will help address some weaknesses, such as mobile money fraud and social media scams identified in the country’s cyber crime laws. it will also help to make provisions for appropriate sanctions.

The sector Minister, Mrs. Ursula Owusu – Ekuful, said this in Accra yesterday when she opened a national conference and workshop on the technical implementation of the Budapest Convention, the only international treaty on cyber crime.

The two-day workshop, jointly organised by the National Cyber Security Centre of Ghana, under the Ministry of Communications, and the Council of Europe, has brought together more than 100 participants drawn from the Judiciary, the private sector as well as policy makers.

Opening a two – day Conference on Technical Implementation of the Budapest Convention in Accra, the Minister said her outfit is in the process of reviewing Ghana’s cybercrime Security Policy and Strategy to ensure strategic document to guide the country’s cyber security development.

Mrs. Owusu – Ekuful said the growth in the use of digital services and products had made the cyber ecosystem an irresistible target for cyber criminals. She also pointed out that knowingly or unknowingly, people were exposed to cyber threats, as they affected every facet of the increasingly digitised lives of today.

The Communications Minister further indicated that, while statistics on the quantum of cyber crimes were difficult to come by, information available at the Ministry shows that about 400,000 scam messages were blocked from reaching their recipients on a daily basis, while half of mobile money subscribers had either experienced some form of fraud or been targets for mobile money fraudsters.

On his part, the Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr. Joe Anokye, noted that,  one of the most important things the world need now is a framework which would guide countries on how to ensure the safety of citizens and increase their participation in the global economy without fear.

He said that was in view of increased globalisation, trade, connectivity and digital financial inclusion which gave citizens the ability to play across borders. “It is in this interest that the NCA has, over the years, enthusiastically supported, in every way possible, Ghana’s accession to the Budapest Convention and its subsequent implementation,” he said.

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