MTN Ghana has joined the global community to create awareness on the importance of Cyber security and best practices as part of efforts to fight cyber crime. The company stressed on the need for a collective effort to prevent cyber intrusions and scams in the launch of the October Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign under the theme: ‘Defending the Digital Line.’
Launching the month-long campaign, the Chief Information Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr. Bernard Acquah, said: “This October would be focused on the “people” part of Cyber security, providing information and resources to help educate users and ensure all individuals make smart decisions whether on the job or at home now and in the future.”
According to him, so much of their lives were spent online, and, therefore, there must be a more important and proactive approach in protecting oneself and the organisation one works for.
Mr. Acquah stated that “Security is the responsibility of all,” and entreated the general public to take advantage of this month’s activities to build the requisite knowledge required to protect their organisation and themselves from cyber-attacks.
Activities lined up for the month include ‘customer-based sensitisation messages via social media and SMS’ focused on sub themes including ‘Phight the Phish’ and Cyber security Commonsense, among others.
He noted that, there would also be special interactive sessions with students in second cycle Institutions as well as an engagement with Parent-Teacher Associations in selected basic schools in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Western regions. A public forum would also be organised virtually with a seasoned IT expert in the cyber space to discuss the theme for the month.
Mr. Acquah said MTN would also collaborate, partner, and participate in programmes organised by the Cyber Security Authority and the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications to further the cause.
He disclosed further that, MTN Ghana extended Cyber security education to its customers from the year 2020 during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, increasing online interactions.
He said seasoned personalities such as Awo Aidam Amenyah and Mr. Carl Sackey have also taken turns to educate MTN stakeholders on Child online security and various forms of attacks in the cyberspace.