Cyber Security Authority's (CSA) role in strengthening Ghana's digital security

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The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has been officially established under the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) to regulate and promote cybersecurity activities across Ghana.

Commencing operations on October 1, 2021, the CSA emerged from the National Cyber Security Secretariat (NCSS), which was created in 2017 with the appointment of the National Cybersecurity Advisor. In 2018, it transitioned into the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), operating as an agency under the Ministry of Communications.

As a government entity now under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, the CSA is tasked with regulating cybersecurity activities nationwide, preventing, managing, and responding to cybersecurity threats and incidents. It also oversees cybersecurity practices among owners of Critical Information Infrastructure, cybersecurity service providers, and practitioners.

Additionally, the CSA promotes the development of cybersecurity to ensure a secure and resilient digital ecosystem, establishes a platform for cross-sector engagement on cybersecurity matters to facilitate effective coordination and cooperation between key public institutions and the private sector, raises awareness of cybersecurity issues, and collaborates with international agencies to enhance national cybersecurity.

The mission of the CSA is to build a resilient digital ecosystem, secure digital infrastructure, develop national capacity, deter cybercrime, and strengthen cybersecurity cooperation. The CSA envisions a secure and resilient Digital Ghana.

The core values of the CSA include confidentiality, reliability, inclusiveness, commitment, professionalism, and integrity. The CSA prioritizes the classification and protection of national and personal information, which is fundamental to building a resilient cyber ecosystem. By fostering confidence among Ghanaians and encouraging the reporting of cyber incidents, the CSA aims to be a dependable authority in cybersecurity.

It values diverse views and perspectives, reflected in its multi-stakeholder engagements in decision-making processes to develop a robust cyber ecosystem. Dedicated to protecting Ghana's cyber ecosystem, the CSA is committed to creating a safer digital environment.

The CSA prides itself on executing its mandate with professional competence, operating with a culture of trust and integrity. It approaches its duties with high moral values, honesty, and a cordial working environment, holding honesty in high esteem.

Through these efforts, the CSA aims to safeguard Ghana's digital future, ensuring a secure and resilient digital presence for all its citizens.

 

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