The cybersecurity culture among Ghanaians is underwhelming considering the over-reliance of citizens, businesses and Governmental institutions on technology. The general awareness on cybercrime/cybersecurity issues which include Cybersecurity Mindset; Trust and Confidence on the Internet and Personal Information Protection Online, among Ghanaians are the prevailing issues that require attention.
Considering the fact that cybersecurity is a newly developing area in Ghana and cybercrime being a pertinent issue and of grave concern, it is imperative that an awareness creation to sensitize Ghanaians on cybercrime/cybersecurity-related issues is conducted. The awareness creation includes educating the media landscape on cybercrime/cybersecurity issues because the media fraternity serves as a tool for dissemination of information to the citizenry.
The above development necessitated the organisation of a Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Workshop for Media Personnel by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) of the Ministry of Communications. The workshop was conducted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, as part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019 of the NCSC to build capacity and raise awareness on cybercrimes and the need to improve on Ghana’s cybersecurity readiness among Children, the Public, Businesses and Government. The workshop was aimed at developing the media’s interest in conversations on cybercrime/cybersecurity and also to build their knowledge and understanding in the area for effective and efficient reporting and discussion.