A proposed curriculum to include cybersecurity as a course in the country’s education system is currently being evaluated by the Cabinet, the Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako has said.
Speaking at the 2023 launch of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) he said introducing cybersecurity as a part of the educational curriculum would give meaning to the country’s drive for cybersecurity awareness among all segments of the population.
When approved, the Cybersecurity Director-General said Ghana would join countries like the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland which offer cybersecurity courses at all levels of education.
According to the Director-General, this year’s NCSAM, on the theme “Promoting a Culture of Digital Safety” seeks to highlight the importance of cultivating a collective mindset and behaviour that values and promotes responsible online practices such as the protection of personal data.
“We expect the media launch to set in motion a month-long national cybersecurity awareness creation that will assemble public and private sector players, cybersecurity professionals, the academia, and representatives from civil society organisations,” he added.
On the expectations of NCSAM 2023, the Director underscored the need for public engagement for further awareness creation on cybersecurity and the risks, as well as the implementation of regulations to ensure the security of cyberspace.
“I urge all stakeholders to participate fully in these events for an effective outcome. I call on the private sector, churches, schools, civil society organisations, the media and the public to use the period to educate their members on cybersecurity, he said.
Ama Pomaa Boateng, representing the sector Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, indicated that the rapid advancement of digital technologies has brought numerous opportunities and threats.
“Ghana is no exception to these risks; particularly as the country scales up connectivity and encourages e-Commerce activities as part of the government’s digitalisation agenda,” the Communications Ministry official said at the event.
She described the media launch as a key component of the NCSAM, designed to address the worrying concerns within the cybersecurity space by way of promoting cybersecurity awareness in collaboration with the government and the private sector.