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CSA WINS CYBERSECURITY REGULATOR OF THE YEAR; TOP 20 TECH LEADER

Dr. Antowi Boasico

Cyber ​​Security Authority (CSA) has been awarded Cyber ​​Security Regulator of the year at the 12th Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA)..

The CSA was established in October 2021 by Section 2 of the Cybersecurity Act of 2020 (Act 1038) to regulate cybersecurity activities in the country. Promote the development of domestic cybersecurity and provide relevant matters.

Ghana Cybersecurity Regulations

Ghana’s reliance on digitization to transform its economy comes with increased risk of cyber threats and attacks against critical infrastructure, businesses and individuals. Today’s digitized and interconnected environment means that one cybersecurity incident can affect entire organizations, nations, and the world.

With cybercrime on the rise, cybersecurity services, institutions and professionals have become a key solution for mitigating cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities within Ghana’s rapidly developing digital ecosystem. We therefore ensure that appropriate guidelines exist for practitioners and that practitioners take responsibility for their actions as part of their efforts to control cybersecurity risks and protect the interests and safety of children and the public. industry must be regulated so that business, and government.

Globally, regulatory compliance has become one of the most effective and trusted strategies for mitigating cyber risk within the industry.
Enforcing cybersecurity regulations is essential to address both existing and emerging cyber threats that can undermine the digital dividends expected from the digital economy.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2020 (Act 1038) provides a regulatory framework to facilitate the development of cybersecurity in the country. As such, the Cyber ​​Security Authority (CSA) has initiated a number of regulatory activities, including the protection of critical information infrastructure, pursuant to Sections 35 to 40 of Act 1038. Cybersecurity Service Provider Licensing under Sections 49 to 56 under Sections 41 to 48 of the Cybersecurity Act 2022 and Rules for Reporting and Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents.

Plans are underway to prevent businesses, businesses and individuals from providing cybersecurity services after January 2023 unless the entity or individual is licensed or accredited by the authorities. Similarly designated critical information infrastructure owners are subject to mandatory audits and compliance checks against the Directive for the Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure, adopted on October 1, 2021.

In order to effectively implement these regulations, cybersecurity agencies, beginning this year, will engage in law enforcement meetings with key stakeholders to ensure mutual understanding and commitment to implement the provisions of the law. held a joint meeting on

The Internet offers several opportunities to improve the lives of children through access to information beneficial to their education, health and social welfare. However, many children are predisposed to criminal online practices that are detrimental to their development.

As a regulator, the Cyber ​​Security Authority is committed to ensuring that children are protected online in accordance with our obligations under the Cybersecurity Act 2020. To further mandates, the Children’s Online Protection Framework will be revised to ensure maximum safety for children online. .

The Cyber ​​Security Authority is guided through its Steering Committee and Joint Cybersecurity Committee to address cybersecurity regulation from a joint perspective. Raise key stakeholder awareness of the regulatory provisions of the Cybersecurity Act of 2020 (Act 1038), build a culture of cybersecurity regulatory compliance, and reduce cybersecurity incidents among stakeholders, especially departmental computers An emergency response team that effectively operates and manages the reporting and response of

Subsequently, the 2022 edition of National Cybersecurity Month, held each October, has been organized under the theme of “Regulating Cybersecurity: A Joint Public and Private Sector Approach” to bring together public and private sector agencies and stakeholders. to build synergies in effectively regulating national cybersecurity. This was a follow-up to the previous year’s Awareness Month, held on the theme of his Cybersecurity Law 2020 in Ghana. Its implications and stakeholder roles mark the introduction of a landmark cybersecurity law that provides legal support for national cybersecurity development.

The Authority, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has so far engaged industry experts, critical information infrastructure owners, Banks of Ghana and the Ghana Bankers Association, civil society organizations, parents and children, international partners, etc. I let you.

Collaboration underpins the activities of the Cyber ​​Security Authority in its mission. This is reflected in the creation of the Joint Cybersecurity Commission (JCC) under Article 13 of the Cybersecurity Act 2020, which will provide the authority and other sectoral authority to be represented by the Commission for the implementation of relevant cybersecurity measures. We work with institutions. An industry forum will also be established under Section 81 of the Act, providing a platform for private sector industry players to meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako Receives Top 20 Tech Leaders Award

Ag. Dr. Albert Antowi Boasiako, Director General of Cyber ​​Security Agency, received the Top 20 Tech He Leader Award at the 12th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA).

Prior to his appointment on October 1, 2021, he served as National Cybersecurity Advisor and Head of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) from July 2017 to September 2021. Leading the institutionalization of cybersecurity development in Ghana, from 32.6% in 2017 to 86.69% in 2020, according to the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), Ghana ranks 3rd in Africa and 43rd in the world Ranked in

In 2011 Dr. Antwi-Boasiako founded the e-Crime Bureau. It is the first cybersecurity and digital forensics company with a state-of-the-art e-Crime Lab, founded and operated in West Africa. Since 2014, he has been an expert on the Council of Europe’s Global Action Extension on Cybercrime (GLACY+) project.

In June 2021, he was recognized as the world’s 20th most influential security executive in the IFSEC Global Cybersecurity category.

He currently serves on the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). He is a Bureau Member of the Cyber ​​Crime Convention Committee (T-CY) and a Ghanaian Government Representative to the Regional Technical Committee (RTC) of ECOWAS on Cyber ​​Security.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Information Technology Agency and Cyber ​​Security Agency.

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