ACCRA, Ghana, 12th October, 2017 – The Ministry of Communications under the distinguished patronage of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is pleased to announce that National Cyber Security Week 2017 will take place from 23rd – 27th October 2017.
T he celebration, themed “Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey” will feature a programme of activities including thought leadership sessions, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and training sessions.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said”As we scale up our digitisation efforts and increasingly embrace technological advancements, it is vital to improve our cyber preparedness and security and adopt a multi stakeholder approach to achieve cyber wellness. This Cyber Security Week offers an excellent opportunity for information sharing and engagement and is a key component in building an effective and robust cyber security ecosystem in Ghana.
We have established the National Cyber Security Secretariat within the Ministry of Communications this year to develop strategies to protect our critical national information infrastructure, systems, networks and data rom cyber attacks. Our aim is to bring together stakeholders from all walks of life to create awareness of cyber security and the National Cyber Security Week is crucial to achieving this.”
The opening ceremony and inauguration will take place on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at 10:00am at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). Cyber Security vendors and service providers will showcase their services as part of an exhibition, which will take place in the Conference Centre throughout the week and related events will also take place at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.
National Cyber Security Week will contribute knowledge sharing on cyber security best practices, from governance to basic cyber security tips and is expected to bring cyber security experts and stakeholders, both local and international, together towards securing Ghana’s digital journey. Key issues to be discussed include Cyber Security Governance, Child Online Protection, Cyber Hygiene and Awareness, Cyber Security Solutions and Capacity Building.
Participants include the Ministry of Communications, the National Cyber Security Secretariat, the Ministry of National Security, Africa Union Commission, ECOWAS Secretariat, UNDP, Council of Europe (GLACY + Project), the United States Government (Security Governance Initiative), National Communications Authority, Data Protection Commission, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, ISACA Ghana, J Initiative and Innovare.
To register for events, sponsor, exhibit or find out more, please visit: www.cybersecurity.gov.gh/NCSW2017
- National Cyber Security Week will take place from Monday 23rdOctober to Friday 27th October 2017 as part of global Cyber Security Awareness month, which is being celebrated throughout October.
- A schedule of key events taking place during the week including details of topics, speakers, venues, times and registration is available online at: www.cybersecurity.gov.gh/NCSW2017
- The audience for National Cyber Security Week includes Government agencies and departments, Business Managers, SME’s, the private sector, Civil society organisations, Critical infrastructure owners and operator, Information security professionals, Ethical Hackers and Cyber security professionals, schools and universities, the general public. All are encouraged to attend events during the week, which will have difference themes and focus based activities.
- The National Cyber Security Secretariat has been set up to coordinate national efforts and to provide a focal point for convergence of all cyber security activities and programmes being implemented by the government and private sector.
- National Cyber Security Week is being organised by a planning Committee with representation across government, private sector and civil society. Further information is available at:
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