A cybersecurity expert and founder of multi-continental IT firm Slamm Technologies, Samuel K. Boateng, has called for massive investment in cybersecurity to reduce the country’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks.
He said cybersecurity has become an increasingly relevant concern in view of the ongoing digital transformations and widespread usage of digital technologies.
“If you have the right people, then the initial monetary investment is going to be low. But if you don’t, then you have to invest more,” he said.
“The IT budget for a state like Virginia, which is comparable to Ghana, is approximately US$15m annually. Since [Ghana does] not have the infrastructure and has to build Security Operation Centres (SOCs), I would say [we need] probably US$150m,” he added.
He further stated: “We only have one main SOC, and we need to build infrastructure in every region. This will invariably provide jobs and wider development. There are times we have had training sessions in other regions and even police personnel from the cybersecurity units do not have computers. We need Security Operation Centers in every region.”
He said the hazards that cyber-insecurity poses encompass the full spectrum of threats, from nations trying to steal secrets and harm the country’s critical infrastructure to citizens worried about bank accounts and personal identities online.
The CEO of Slamm Technologies also urged stakeholders including government to follow through with the implementation of the Cybersecurity Act.
“We have been reading through the Cybersecurity Act, and we like everything that we see. There are a lot of good policies; we only hope that these will be fully implemented. If every policy is acted upon, Ghana would be very cyber-secure. So we will support the government in all that they do for implementation, so that we can freely use technology without any fears.”