National Cyber Security Week 2017 “Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey”.

The Cyber Security Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of Cyber Crime trends and to highlight the growing importance of cyber security at all levels – people, businesses and government. Cyber Security Week aims to build threat awareness of cyber security and anti-cyber-crime initiatives and to build the capacity of different stakeholders within the cyber security ecosystem.
The event took off on Monday, October, 23rd 2017, at the Accra Conference Centre which was graced by the President of the Republic, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the National cyber security Advisor, Mr. Albert Antwi-Bosiako, the United States Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Robert P. Jackson, the council of Europe Mr. Manuel de Almeida Pereira and many more. 
The President in his speech was thrilled about the effort by the Ministry of Communications to ensure the success of the national Cyber Security Week. He said, “my government is mindful of the fact that, the adoption of ICT as a foundation of our sustainable economic development will be futile without addressing the vulnerabilities emanating from the development and application of ICT systems and service across the various sectors of our economy.”
The president added that in the next few months, his government intends to establish a cyber security center as it has been done in other countries to liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee cyber security operations at the national level. According to the president, the digital addressing system, e-payments, digital financial services and the various e-government initiatives in which Ghana is now taking so much pride, can be brought to a halt or undermined by cybercrime.
Cyber-security issues, the president added, are now firmly national security threats, adding that, “Ghana cannot fully reap the digital dividends associated with her adoption of ICT as a means of our socio-economic transformation, if the country fails to mitigate both existing and emerging cyber security threats”. The president noted that the initiative requires financial commitment, and assured that Government will find the money to implement them.  
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako, said “the current level of digitalization- both in the public and private sectors of our economy requires concerted efforts to scale up our cyber security, which is rated below 35% by International Telecommunications Union (ITU).” 
He added that ITU’s Global Cyber Security Index Report for 2017 provides  good background of Ghana’s cyber security landscape- across multiple domains, including – the state of Ghana’s national cybercrime legislations and enforcements, current technical measures, cyber security institutional frame works, capacity building and cooperation, among others. 
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson in his speech said US was committed to supporting Ghana’s effort to strengthen its cyber security capacity to enable Ghanaians to educate and prepare themselves through internet access to successfully compete in this current economy and this will help Ghana boost its economy to greater altitudes.
The UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Ms. Rushnan Murtaza, said, “the United Nations was committed to making the internet space a safer and secured place for users. She also congratulated the Ministry of Communications for creating this platform which aids in educating people about the cyber world.  
 
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications said the priority of the Ministry has oversight responsibility for government’s digitization agenda which was actively working to ensure the success of the initiatives being implemented by government including the National Identification System, the National Digital Property Addressing System and a Number of E-government Project.
 
In her conclusion, she mentioned that the communication Ministry will build an effective harmonized national cyber security strategy only with multi stakeholder engagement and the commitment shown by our various stakeholders so far, gives her the confidence that we can do it.