Albert Antwi-Boasiako
Albert Antwi-Boasiako

The Ghana government has appointed a Cyber Security Expert with the Interpol Global Cybercrime Expert Group (IGCEG), Albert Antwi-Boasiako as Cyber Security Advisor.

A statement released here signed by Issah Yahaya, Chief Director at the Ministry of Communications said Antwi-Boasiako will oversee the implementation of the country’s National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy (NCSPS).

The Communications Ministry observes the appointment of Antwi-Boasiako is part of the measures being undertaken by the government here to build a comprehensive cyber security management and architecture that coordinates cyber security services and advise to government with a point of contact for cyber security incidents.

The statement said, “The technology environment of today requires the urgent implementation of important cyber security activities and programs to address Ghana’s cyber security challenges and Mr. Antwi-Boasiako is expected to assist the Ministry to implement the policy in this regard.”

The in-coming Cyber Security Advisor is currently an expert with the Council of Europe’s Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project.

He worked with Europe, Middle East & Asia (EMEA) Market of DFLabs, a global cyber security firm based in Milan, Italy and presently a PhD Research Fellow with the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Antwi-Boasiako has a broad knowledge and professional experience in cyber security particularly with public sector/government agencies, law enforcement/security, international organizations and the private sector.

The country’s Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced recently during an international workshop on criminal justice the government’s decision to establish a National Cyber Security Council to tackle the increasing rate of cybercrime in the country.

The initiative, the minister observed was part of the government’s effort to build a comprehensive cyber security governance arrangement involving all key public and private sector stakeholders.

The National Cyber Security Council, independent advisory body is made up of public and private parties who will give advice on their own initiative and on request to the cabinet on digital security.

Cybercrime takes the form of computer-related fraud, popularly known as ‘sakawa’ in Ghana, mobile money transfer fraud, cyber bank heists, child phonography, breaches and violation of computer network security, identification theft, industrial espionage, election rigging, among others.

A Kenyan-based Information Technology (IT) firm, Serianu Limited, has revealed Ghana’s economy lost a total of 50 million United States Dollars (USD) to cybercrime in 2016.

The report titled, “Achieving Cyber Security Resilience: Enhancing Visibility and Increasing Awareness,” shows that five African countries lost 895 million USD to the menace, comprising an indirect loss of 537 million USD and direct loss of 358 million USD.

The breakdown of the report shows that Nigeria recorded the highest figure of 550 million USD, followed by Kenya and Tanzania with 175 million and 85 million USD respectively. Ghana and Uganda also recorded 50 million and 35 million USD respectively.

The report further revealed most organizations in Africa were ill-prepared to deal with the menace. Enditem

Source: Francis Tandoh/