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Takoradi Chamber of Commerce Staff Equipped On Cyber Security Act, 2020 Act 1038

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Report by Bernard K DADZIE

www.ghanareaders.com

Members of the Western Regional branch of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) have been sensitized on the new Cyber Security Act, 2020 (Act 1038) and its implications on their businesses.

Speaking at the event, in Sekondi Takoradi the Regional Chairman of the GNCCI, Mr. Maxwell Archer said businesses have improved since the introduction of the digital transformation agenda has offered the biggest potential for them to transform and interact with the rest of the world.

He was overwhelmed by how technology has helped in shaping the economy, making possible the delivery of public services online. He added that digital transformation has aided small-scale farmers by allowing them to cultivate more crops and access a wider market.

According to Mr. Maxwell Archer, despite the joy that comes with the use of technology, the increased usage of technology poses significant threats to organizations and individuals.

He was optimistic and certain that the enactment of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) will aid in the regulation and resolution of cyber-related issues in the country, as well as the development of Ghana’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

Mr. Archer also stressed that the Act had come at the right time to guide businesses and entrepreneurs considering that their operations are being transferred onto the internet.

“I am convinced that with the passage of the Act, a concerted effort by all stakeholders would inure to a better appreciation of their role in ensuring they are all cyber secured,” he said.

On his part, the Acting Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, stated categorically that cybersecurity is important and has an impact on how the government, individuals, and businesses conduct their operations.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako, delivering his presentation on the Cybersecurity Act 2020, explained that Sections 35-40 of Act 1038 provide for the protection of critical information infrastructure (CII) which directly impacts the industry and commercial activities.

He stressed 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 continued that in as much as there is no control on digitalization participants should navigate through it by ensuring responsible use of online systems.

Dr Antwi-Boasiako urged the Regional Chairman to incorporate cybersecurity into their activities to help address some cybersecurity-related issues and to call on the Authority for assistance in such capacity-building exercises.

He indicated that cybersecurity is not just a technology problem, but also a social problem and hence the government’s role as an enabler of the country’s cybersecurity development.

Other members of the CSA team trained participants on the internet safety and recommended them to be wise and attentive when online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber fraud and other forms of online crime.

The CSA team engaged with the members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana, on the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038), its implications, and the role of the accountants to ensure that the provisions of the Act are implemented. The event also coincides with National Cyber security awareness month.

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