URSULA OWUSU INAUGURATES PIONEER MEMBERS OF THE JOINT CYBERSECURITY COMMITTEE (JCC)

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has inaugurated the Pioneer members of the Joint Cybersecurity Committee.

At a brief event in Accra, on Thursday, July 14, 2022, the Minister indicated that the appointment and inauguration of the members of the Joint Cybersecurity Committee (JCC) is a significant milestone in Ghana’s cybersecurity development.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful indicated further that, the JCC is important “to facilitate prompt response to and resolution of incidents which impact on the security of digital applications, services and infrastructure as we increasingly digitise our operations across all socio-economic activities” the minister said.

She further stated that cybersecurity is multi-sectoral and demands a multi-sectoral approach to tackle the issues, “collaboration among different stakeholders and public and private sector collaboration is absolutely critical”.

She congratulated the members of the JCC for their appointment as the pioneer members of the committee and urged them to familiarise themselves with their enabling legislation

In order to achieve a secure and resilient digital economy, Hon. Ursula Owusu urged each and everyone to play their part believing that the experiences and expertise, individually and collectively, of the members of the JCC will be very instrumental in the fight against cybercrime and help improve Ghana’s cybersecurity profile. She made the statement while emphasizing that, “we cannot sustain our digitalisation efforts without cybersecurity. Cyber-attacks could undermine our gains in digitalisation as well as our social and economic well-being and consequently, impact on our national security.

The Joint Cybersecurity Committee has been set up pursuant to Section 13 of the Cybersecurity Act 2020 (Act 1038) to collaborate with the Authority and the sectors or institutions represented on the Committee or beyond, for the implementation of relevant cybersecurity measures. The members were appointed by the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo. They are currently made up of eighteen (18) personnel.

The Joint Cybersecurity Committee members are:

S/N NAME INSTITUTION DESIGNATION POSITION
1 DR. ALBERT ANTWI-BOASIAKO CYBER SECURITY AUTHORITY (CSA) DIRECTOR-GENERAL CHAIRPERSON
2 JUSTICE AFIA SERWAH ASARE-BOTWE JUDICIAL SERVICE JUSTICE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF JUDICATURE MEMBER
3 MR. RICHARD OKYERE-FOSU NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AGENCY (NITA) DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
4 MR. JOE ANOKYE NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY (NCA) DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
5 MADAM PATRICIA ADUSEI-POKU DATA PROTECTION COMMISSION (DPC) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEMBER
6 DR. MAXWELL OPOKU-AFARI BANK OF GHANA (BOG) 1ST DEPUTY GOVERNOR MEMBER
7 MR. KWAKU DUA FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MEMBER
8 NANA ATTOBRAH QUAICOE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE BUREAU (NIB) DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
9 MAAME YAA TIWAA ADDO-DANQUAH ECONOMIC AND ORGANISED CRIME OFFICE (EOCO) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEMBER
10 DCOP FREDERICK AGYEI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT (CID) DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
11 COL. (DR) TIM BA-TAA-BANAH NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SECRETARIAT (NSCS) DIRECTOR, NATIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM FUSION CENTRE MEMBER
12 MR. KWABENA ADU-BOAHENE NATIONAL SIGNALS BUREAU (NSB) DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
13 MAJ. GEN. A.Y. NSIAH DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE (DI) CHIEF OF DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE MEMBER
14 MR. LAUD AKWASI AFFRIFAH GHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (GIS) DEPUTY CONTROLLER-GENERAL MEMBER
15 AMB. GEORGE ABAKA BLANKSON RESEARCH DEPARTMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEMBER
16 COL. A.K. ODUAH GHANA ARMED FORCES Ag. DIRECTOR-GENERAL, DEFENCE COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS MEMBER
17 MADAM YVONNE ATAKORA OBUOBISA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTRY OF JUSTICE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS MEMBER
18 MR. NANA KOFI ASAFU-AIDOO GHANA DOMAIN NAME REGISTRY (GDNR) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEMBER