The members of the Western Regional branch of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) have been sensitized to the new Cybersecurity Act 2020 (Act 1038) and its implications on their businesses.
The Regional Chairman of the GNCCI, Mr Maxwell Archer said businesses have improved since the introduction of the digital transformation agenda as it has represented the greatest opportunity for them to transform and interface with the rest of the world.
He also said he was happy with how technology has helped and in shaping the economy, making possible the delivery of public services online.
Mr Maxwell Archer further explained that digital transformation has even helped small-scale farmers as they can now grow more crops and reach wider markets. He added however that despite the excitement that comes with the use of technology, increasing use of technology also presents high risks to businesses and individuals.
Mr Archer was thus optimistic and confident that the passage of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 will help regulate and address cyber-related issues in the country and develop Ghana’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
The Acting Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, in his remarks and presentation on the Cybersecurity Act 2020, indicated that cybersecurity is important and has an impact on how the government, individuals, and businesses conduct their operations.
He further that Sections 35-40 of Act 1038 provide for the protection of critical information infrastructure which directly impacts the industry and commercial activities. Stressing that, all the critical sectors of the economy including commerce and industry, when attacked, will have a direct impact on the economy and therefore the need to ensure their protection.
He cited cyber-attacks on the critical systems in East Africa (Uganda and Kenya) which brought businesses to a standstill. He added that in as much as there is no control on digitalization participants should navigate through it by ensuring responsible use of the online system.