The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation (MoDC), Ursula Owusu-Ekuful Joins the cybersecurity committee (JCC) to spearhead cybersecurity activities in order to achieve a secured and resilient digital economy.
“We cannot sustain our digitalisation efforts without cybersecurity. Cyber-attacks could undermine our gains in digitalisation as well as our social & economic well-being and consequently, impact on our national security” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful stated.
In a post sighted by TheGhanaTech.com, the minister made a statement that In 2017, due to the cross-sectoral nature of cybersecurity, the MoDC thought it wise to have a Technical Working Group (TWG) to facilitate prompt responses and resolution of incidents which impact the security of digital applications, services and infrastructure.
According to the Minister, the Technical Working Group (TWG) was also set up to provide institutional collaboration at the highest level to develop our cybersecurity.
Due to the hard work of the TWG, the Cybersecurity Advisor and the National Cyber Security Centre, under the direction of the Ministry of Communications, made significant progress in cybersecurity development, placing Ghana 3rd on the African continent and 43rd globally in the latest Global Cybersecurity Index of the International Telecommunication Union with a score of 86.69% in 2020.
This is as compared to a score of 32.6% in 2017 when we started putting the building blocks for our cybersecurity development in place. The Joint Cybersecurity Committee (JCC) is established pursuant to section 13 of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) to collaborate with the Cyber Security Authority and the sectors or institutions represented on the Committee for the implementation of relevant cybersecurity measures.
The President appoints the members of the Joint Cybersecurity Committee in consultation with the Authority as provided in Section 13(4) of Act 1038.