The government has given an assurance that, it would provide the funding for the critical infrastructure needed to ensure Ghana’s cyber security, to protect the people, the economy and the country’s national security.
It is reported that, Ghana has lost US$97 million to cybercrime as of August 2018.
Director of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Dr Gustav Yankson disclosed this in Tamale during the regional sensitisation workshop on cybercrime as part of the cybersecurity awareness month celebration.
He said the issue of cybercrime is affecting Ghana’s economy and all efforts must be put in place to fight against the menace.
“Last year we lost $69 million to cyber criminals and this year as at August, we lost $97 million so it is very worrying and therefore there is the need for education to avoid this.
We lost this amount because we were not protecting ourselves online and a large part of this fraud is based on deception so if we are able to empower ourselves to prevent being deceived, the menace can be reduced by two thirds” he noted.
Dr Yankson emphasised the need for every internet user to be aware of the risks to cyber-attacks.
He discouraged students from sharing critical information with strangers online including nude pictures, location and daily activities.