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Antwi-Boasiako appoinoted by Akufo-Addo as Cyber Security Authority’s Director-General

Antwi-Boasiako appoinoted by Akufo-Addo

Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako has been named Acting Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, beginning October 1, 2021.

Dr. Anwti-Boasiako served as the National Cybersecurity Advisor and Head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) before this appointment, leading Ghana’s institutionalization of cybersecurity under the policy direction of the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, who is responsible for cybersecurity matters in government today.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako oversaw the revision of Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) as well as the drafting and passage of Ghana’s Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038), two enabling interventions that are the cornerstones of the country’s cybersecurity development.

As a country, Ghana acceded to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, ratified the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, launched Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Programme, and established Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact in his role as Advisor to Government and Head of the NCSC.

Ghana’s cybersecurity has improved on the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Index from 32.6 percent in 2017 to 86.69 percent in 2021, with Ghana becoming the 3rd most ranked country on the African continent and a global ranking of 43rd from 89th, a position achieved through his leadership and the collective efforts of the National Cyber Security Agency.

In 2011, he built and launched the e-Crime Bureau, West Africa’s first and award-winning cybersecurity and digital forensics organization.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he developed the Harmonized Model for Digital Evidence Admissibility Assessment (HM-DEAA), a groundbreaking contribution to digital forensics standardization. The UNODC has accepted the HM-DEAL as part of its E4J (Education for Justice) Program.

Albert received cum laude with distinction from the University of Trento in Italy for his undergraduate program and the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom for his postgraduate program.

He has a lot of papers to his name in the areas of information technology, cybersecurity, cybercrime, data security, and digital forensics.

Mr. Antwi-Boasiako has worked on cybersecurity projects for a variety of international and local organizations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the European Union, the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG)/Royal Commission on Internet Governance (RCIG).

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako is an Adjunct Lecturer at KNUST and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).

He teaches at the Ghana Police Command and Staff College (GPCSC).

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako has won numerous awards and recognitions around the world.

In June 2021, IFSEC Global, a respected industry body based in the United Kingdom, named him the world’s 20th most influential security executive in the Cybersecurity Category.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako is now the Government of Ghana’s representative on the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism’s Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) (GIFCT).

He is also a member of the Cybercrime Convention Committee’s (T-CY) Bureau and the Ghanaian government’s representative to ECOWAS’ Regional Technical Committee on Cybersecurity (RTC).

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako is also a member of the National Information Technology Agency’s Governing Board (NITA).

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako, as Director-General of the newly established Authority, is expected to lead Ghana’s cybersecurity regulatory efforts under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation’s policy direction.

The Cyber Security Authority’s regulatory activities include, among other things, the protection of Ghana’s critical information infrastructures, cybersecurity incident reporting and information sharing, and the regulation of cybersecurity services in the country.

Antwi-Boasiako!

Antwi-Boasiako appoinoted by Akufo-Addo

Antwi-Boasiako appoinoted by Akufo-Addo

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