The Global Cyber Security Index (GCSI) reported in 2016 that about half the world’s population (3.5 billion) used the internet and estimated that by the year 2020 devices connected to the internet will be well over 12 billion. An annual report released by Global Digital Agencies revealed that about 10.11M Ghanaians are reported to be using the internet, representing 35% of the population , a two million increase in the figure recorded in January 2017. This increase directly affects the volume and impact of cybercrime activities in our ecosystem.
However, the public to a great extent pay little or no attention to the kind of data being shared with organizations that manage their e-mail, social media, and other accounts. A survey involving 6,400 individuals globally conducted by McAfee in 2017; “New Security Priorities in an Increasing Connected World”, revealed that 61% of the people surveyed were more worried about how secure their information was now than they were five years ago. Despite these growing fears and worries, only 37% have signed up for an identity theft protection solution. Further, 33% admitted they did not have an idea about cybersecurity risks. Information provided to online accounts to access personal data opens people up to varying degrees of cyber-attacks.
On a global scale, according to Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report in 2017, 978 million people in 20 countries were affected by cybercrime with 44% of consumers impacted in the last 12 months. The report also mentioned common cybercrimes experienced by the public including; device infection by a virus (53%), debit or credit card fraud (38%), account password compromise (34%), hacking of email or social media account (34%), online purchase scams (33%), and phishing attacks (32%). The situation in Ghana is no different. According to analysis conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the public continue to experience all forms of cybercrime and online abuse including mobile money fraud, identity theft, sextortion, business scams, social media impersonation and other social engineering related tricks.
Consequently, this campaign focus area will engage the citizenry to create awareness towards educating individuals and groups to understand their roles and responsibilities in ensuring a safer digital life. The awareness will focus on cybercrime risks for the public, cyber hygiene practices by individual users, cyber responsibilities of citizens and the rights of the citizens under the Data Protection Act (Act 843).