Good Cyber Story
Country: Ghana
Target Groups: Business, Citizens, Society, Government
Dominant Genes: Societal Awareness, Political Importance, Multi-Stakeholder Participation
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A Safer Digital Ghana

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The challenge

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Digital transformation offers numerous opportunities for growth, but strengthening cybersecurity and building resilient digital societies is important to make these benefits last. Limited skills, as well as a lack of cybersecurity awareness can undermine government efforts to spur economic growth. In Ghana, the vision of the government has been manifested through several digitalisation initiatives—including the introduction of the Digital Property Addressing System, National Identification System, Mobile Money Financial Interoperability System, Paperless Port System, e-Justice System, e-Procurement system, and other e-Government initiatives. However, as the country scales-up connectivity as part of the government’s digitalisation agenda, the country has also become more susceptible to attacks by cybercriminals. Moreover, while bank losses represent a portion of the cost, a majority of incidents can be attributed to crimes committed against individuals and small businesses. Cybercrime has cost the country $230 million annually, and reported incidents increased three fold between 2016 and 2018, a trend which is likely to have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic as technological dependence has increased. 

A response

As a strategic approach to addressing these trends, the Ministry of Communications's National Cyber Security Centre launched a an initiative and awareness programme dubbed ‘A Safer Digital Ghana’. This five-year programme was launched at the 2018 edition of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to scale-up capacity building and awareness raising efforts on cybercrime and improve the country’s cybersecurity readiness. The awareness programme is targeted at four thematic areas—Children, the Public, Businesses and Government.

The Impact

Since its launch, the project has engaged over 275,000 participants through workshops and sensitization exercises. It has also built a network of cybersecurity professionals, and provided a platform for reporting cybercrime incidents. So far, citizens have submitted over 38 thousand reports, each one helping with the apprehension and prosecution of cybercriminals. Its flagship event—the National Cyber Security Awareness Month—also helps to raise awareness and strengthen trust online.

As digitization continues, the programme is strengthening partnerships between government and citizens. It encourages everyone to become an agent of change and build a community with a stronger cybersecurity mindset. As a result, local initiatives in Ghana, make the global network a safer place.

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Project DNA

Which aspects of this project have contributed to its success? And which, according to the implementing organisations, might play an important role in launching similar initiatives in other parts of the world? The project DNA profiling on the basis of the Good Cyber Stories framework highlighted the importance of three success genes in particular:

A - Societal Awareness

Societal Awareness

I - Political Importance

Political Importance

M - Multi-Stakeholder Participation

Multi-stakeholder Participation

A Safer Digital Ghana

Project DNA

Multi-Stakeholder Participation
Local Ownership
Organisational Capacity
Transparency and Accountability
Legal and Institutional Framework
Political Importance
Societal Awareness

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