Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, has assured the general public that Ghana has the capacity to deliver prompt and efficient services in the fight against cybercrimes in the country.
He announced this on the fourth day of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2018, here, in Accra on the Theme “A Safer Digital Ghana”.
In his address to the enthused audience, He stated that, even though Ghana was in its infant stage in e-governance, it is imperative that the county’s security agencies are well equipped with the necessary skill and know-how to fight crimes that will arise from the implementation of government’s initiatives such as submission of passport forms online, e-immigration services and paperless processes at the ports.
“Fighting crime in all forms is commendable but predicting the crime before it happens is the best approach”, he said.
Mr. Dery said as an immediate measure, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, has set up a cybercrime unit, headed by a technically competent police officer to deal with all such issues.
He stressed on the fact that, the security agencies are unable to act alone and would therefore need to collaborate more with other agencies to suppress and effectively deal with this menace.
The Interior Minister, advised officers of the law to take advantage of the current situation to equip themselves in technology driven courses to better support the security sector in addressing existing and emerging high-tech crimes.
“We need more technology-inclined officers who will be the forefront of dealing with the ever-expanding complexities of cybercrimes”.
He used the opportunity to commend the members of the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group (NCSTWG) which comprises a number of law enforcement and security agencies for the good work they are doing to make Ghana digitally safe.
According to Mr. Dery, an efficient cyber security strategy that brings together the law enforcement agencies and key actors within the private sector will reduce the numerous cyber-crimes in our digital ecosystem and ease the burden of security services in Ghana.
“Cooperation is the way to go as we work to deal with this cancer”, he stressed
Source: Public Relations Unit, Ministry of the Interior │25th October, 2018