Ghana mobilises specialised unit to protect its cyberspace

February 21, 2014 • Security, Top Stories, West Africa

Ghana's Ministry of Communications has mobilised a specialised unit to tackle cybercrime. (Image source: File)

Ghana’s Ministry of Communications has mobilised a specialised unit to tackle cybercrime. (Image source: File)

The Ghanaian government is confident that the recently established national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) project will serve as effective protection of the West African country’s cyberspace.

Local media have said the Project is scheduled to be launched in March and is said to be aligned with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) International Multilateral Partnership Against Cybercrime Threats initiative.

A report by the Ghanaian Chronicle explains that the origin of CIRT lay in an agreement forged between Ghana’s Ministry of Communications and the ITU.

The publication quotes Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah as saying that the six month project has been established as a central point from which to effectively combat cybercrime.

“The project will provide Ghana with the necessary capacity and technical capabilities to build a national point of contact to respond in an effective manner to cybercrimes and cyberattacks. This project demonstrates the commitment of Ghana to unleash the full potential of ICT by ensuring security in cyberspace and building trust and confidence in the use of the Internet.”

Dr Boamah has reportedly dismissed claims that the country had a ranking of the second highest in Africa in terms of cybercrime.

Chris Tredger – Online Editor

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