CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

13 August 2014

Ghana: Historic Measures to Curb Cybercrime in Ghana

Accra — GHANA has established the country’s historical Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to curb cybercrime.

The CERT, globally known as Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) and its portal, scheduled for launch on Friday this week, is hailed as a certain and trusted way of safeguarding the country and its businesses from cyber wars or attacks.

Sector Minister, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, will launch the CERT, which has been developed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), the Ministry of Communications and other agencies.

The Director of Operations at NITA, Eric Akumiah, who disclosed this to CAJ News in Accra, said by Friday, the Minister of Communications would launch the CERT portal and a team to coordinate cyber incidences and assist in resolving future incidences within the public and the private sectors of the country.

He explained the Ghanaian government was funding the scheme, which is implemented by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the United Nations-backed cyber security alliance and partner of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Akumiah, who is also the CERT-GH Ghana Project Technical Point of Contact, added that the project formed part of a co-operation agreement between the government and the ITU which was concluded by Ghana’s Minister of Communications during a forum in Geneva, Switzerland, last year.

He, however, noted that the coordinating centres of the CERT were yet to be established but would be hosted temporarily at the Ghana Multimedia Incubation Centre (GMIC).

Akumiah was hopeful that by the end of October, towards December this year, the CERT coordinating centres would be moved to the National Data Centre.

The leader of the ITU delegation, Sagar Mahendram, explained that the main purpose of the CERT was to defend cyber war, but it also creates awareness about cybercrime.

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