Cyber Crime is a threat to National Security – Ursula Owusu
Minister of communication, Madam Ursula Owusu Ekuful has said cyber crime is a threat to National security.
Speaking at the maiden Alumni home coming event dubbed “Reconnecting and Networking for peace and security” at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, the astute politician and lawyer noted that, the project incidence of a cyber attack on the electoral commission results transmission system in the Dec 2016 elections is a clear indication of a national security concern.
“Could you imagine what would have happened if the Electoral Commission (EC) has abandoned the results coalition and announced an election win or lose with a margin below 1%? She queried.
She alluded to the fact that, if Nana Addo should have been declared winner of the election with such a slim margin, his political opponents would not have accepted the results and that could lead to a constitutional crisis, she assessed.
The minister noted that crimes like sim box fraud, child online threats and cyber fraud normally called “Sakawa” do not only impact us economically and financially but also socially as a country.
Furthermore she lamented on the impacts of social media on the society, and how others impersonate public authorities on social media platforms in order to extort monies from victims to offer them jobs.
She stressed that, her ministry does not offer jobs on social media, and warned Ghanaians not to fall victim to such crimes. According to her, research has shown that cyber crime will soon become fertile ground for human trafficking, terrorism, money laundering and other trans- national crimes. These developments she noted could also affect National Security and her ministry is aware of this.
She also noted that her ministry is aligning the personal security and policy strategy to ensure our cyber security response is to address new and emerging technologies in order not to undermine the very existence of our country.
As a result of this, she noted there will be a multi stake holder cyber security industry that will involve the different stake holders including representatives from national security, military, financial service sector, energy , telecommunications , transport, and logistics.
However she said her ministry will specifically ask these stakeholders to appoint cyber security advisors in their organisations in other to minimise cyber crimes.
“We will build a national cyber security infrastructure to train and equip all of us to know what we can all do in our own small way to protect ourselves”, she said.
.Furthermore she commended the KAIPTC for its initiative in developing cyber security courses which is jointly developed by the e- crime bureau.
“I believe this graduation will lead to further developments and training programmes to serve not only Ghana but also our west African neighbours”, she said.