Parliament recently passed the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) to regulate cybersecurity activities in Ghana, and to promote the development of cybersecurity in the country
Specifically, the Act created the Cyber Security Authority to regulate cybersecurity activities, to prevent, manage and respond to cyber security threats, to create awareness of cyber security matters and to collaborate with international agencies to promote the cybersecurity of the country, among other objectives.
As part of its functions, the Cyber Security Authority is to advise the Government and public institutions on cybersecurity-related matters, to promote the protection of children online, to provide technical support for law enforcement agencies and security agencies to prosecute cyber offenders, to set standards for certifying cybersecurity products and services and certify them accordingly, and to issue licences and set standards for the provision of cybersecurity services.
It is expected that the implementation of this Act will support continuing efforts to strengthen the Government’s fight against cybercrime.
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