Antwi Boasiako Appointed Director-General Of Cyber Security Authority

Antwi Boasiako Appointed Director-General Of Cyber Security Authority



The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has appointed Albert Antwi-Boasiako as the Acting Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority effective October 1, 2021. Prior to this appointment, he also served as the National Cybersecurity Advisor and Head of the National Cyber Security Centre, leading Ghana’s institutionalisation of


cybersecurity under the policy direction of the Minister for Communications & Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, who is responsible for cybersecurity matters in government. Antwi-Boasiako has led the revision of Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Policy & Strategy and the development and passage of Ghana’s Cybersecurity



Act, 2020 (Act 1038), two enabling interventions which constitute the anchors of Ghana’s cybersecurity development. In his role as Advisor to the government and the Head of the NCSC, Ghana acceded to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), ratified the African Union Convention on Cyber Security



& Personal Data Protection, launched Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Programme (Safer Digital Ghana), and established Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact which has allowed the public to report cybercrime and cybersecurity incidents. The HM-DEAA has been adopted by the



UNODC as part of its Education for Justice Programme. He graduated from the University of Trento in Italy for his undergraduate programme and the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom for his postgraduate programme, receiving cum laude and distinction respectively. He has a number of publications covering



information technology, cybersecurity, cybercrimes, data protection and digital forensics to his credit. Dr. Antwi-Boasiako has conducted cybersecurity related consulting and assignments for a number of international and local organizations including the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, United Nations



Conference on Trade & Development, the European Union, Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Global Commission on Internet Governance /Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa



among others. Dr. Antwi-Boasiako is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. He is also a Faculty Member at the Ghana Police Command and Staff College. Dr. Antwi Boasiako has received a number of



awards and global recognitions. In June 2021, he was recognised as the world’s 20th most Influential Security Executive in the Cybersecurity Category by IFSEC Global, a respected industry body based in the United Kingdom. Dr. Antwi-Boasiako currently serves as the Government of Ghana’s representative on Independent



Advisory Committee of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. He also serves as Bureau Member of Cybercrime Convention Committee and Government of Ghana’s representative to ECOWAS Regional Technical Committee on Cybersecurity. AntwiBoasiako also serves on the Governing Board of National Information Technology Agency. As Director-General



of newly established Authority, Antwi Boasiako is expected to lead Ghana’s cybersecurity regulatory efforts under the policy direction of the Ministry of Communications & Digitalisation. Primary focus of the regulatory activities of the Cyber Security Authority includes the protection of Ghana’s critical information infrastructures, cybersecurity incident reporting and information sharing, and regulation of cybersecurity services in the country, among others.