African governments urged to prioritize digital safety and cybersecurity

African governments urged to prioritize digital safety and cybersecurity: Ghana News

Mr Moctar Yedaly, the Global Conference on Cyber Capacity Building (GC3B) Special Envoy, has called upon African governments to strengthen their policies and regulations regarding digital safety.

Yedaly emphasized the importance of comprehensive cybersecurity policies and frameworks to harness the potential of the digital ecosystem for development.

Speaking at the launch of the 2023 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in , Yedaly highlighted the need for collaboration beyond the continent to foster partnerships in cybersecurity research to address threats effectively.

The event, themed “Promoting a Culture of Digital Safety,” aimed to raise awareness about responsible online practices, cybersecurity, and the protection of personal information.

Yedaly stressed the significance of investing in the knowledge of the younger generation to enable them to navigate the digital space securely. He noted that digital safety had become paramount, especially for children and institutions.

Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister, acknowledged the transformative impact of the digital realm on people's lives.

He emphasized the dual nature of the technological revolution, which brings both opportunities and risks, including cyberattacks and the spread of misinformation.

Dapaah called for a multi-faceted approach involving government, industry, and the public to protect digital infrastructure and empower individuals to navigate the online world securely. He highlighted the government's role in investing in robust cybersecurity measures and strengthening cyber-defense capabilities.

-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, emphasized the importance of cybersecurity in today's digital age.

She noted the rapidly evolving cybersecurity industry and the need for businesses, organizations, and the public to be vigilant.

Owusu-Ekuful highlighted Ghana's efforts to strengthen its legal and policy regime to address online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The country has collaborated with global experts to develop legislative instruments supporting the Cybersecurity Act, 2020.

Additionally, the has conducted education campaigns on cybersecurity best practices among children and established a Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Point of Contact.

The call for enhanced digital safety and cybersecurity measures comes as nations across Africa grapple with the increasing challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age.

By Morkporkpor Anku: Editing by Adewale Adejoke

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