The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has said that Ghana could win the fight against cybercrime activities if only there are stronger systems in place. He asserts that individuals involved in cybercrime operations are always refining their methods and that only more powerful systems would be able to defeat them.
For instance, he suggested that the Information Communication Technology Department of the Parliament of Ghana be connected to Ghana’s cyber security apparatus, believing that this would help to lessen the threat. “As we move towards a cashless economy, there is the need to build stronger systems to counter cybercrime. This is very important as we develop as a country”, he noted.
When a delegation from the Center for Cyber Watch and Data Protection paid him a courtesy visit, the Speaker made this observation. Further discussing the subject, Rt. Hon. Bagbin stated that in order to affect change, it is also necessary to improve Ghanaians’ attitudes and raise public awareness.
His remarks come in response to a report by Abubakar Issakar, the director of the Center for Cyber Watch and Data Protection, that indicated the prevalence of cybercrime in the nation. As a part of the measures to curb the menace, Mr. Issakar proposed the need to build cyber security system for Parliament.
Further to that, he proposed the need to scale up advocacy for cyber security and capacity building for medium and small scale enterprises.