The Countrywide Information and facts Technologies Agency (NITA) has suggested heads of Ministries, Departments and Organizations (MDAs) as nicely as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to talk to the Agency when partaking facts know-how firms to take care of their data.
The Acting Director-Basic of NITA, Richard Okyere-Fosu, who gave the guidance, claimed that was to enable for thorough scrutiny of these kinds of firms to guarantee the “right services” had been engaged to endorse helpful information management, lower information decline and enrich cybersecurity.
He was talking at a NITA Data and Communication Engineering (ICT) Convention for stakeholders held through webinar in Accra.
Mr Okyere-Fosu said much more usually than not, heads of MDAs and MMDAs did not consult with with NITA, a overall body tasked to regulate ICT in the place when partaking the providers of IT corporations, a problem that had led to some protection breaches.
These breaches contain the locking up of a profits mobilisation database of a metropolitan assembly by a non-public IT company, the 2017/2018 glitch of the Ghana Training Service’s Senior Substantial Faculty Placement Program, and defacement and hacking of websites of MDAs in the previous.
He stated the Company was, as a result, recognized to ensure that this kind of predicaments were averted, specially among the government businesses and organisations, for a secured info management.
“We are listed here to work with the MDAs and MMDAs and not towards them, so they want to have interaction us a lot more when trying to find for expert services of IT companies to regulate their internet sites and info,” Mr Okyere-Fosu said.
The convention, organised by NITA, was to solicit responses and tips to high-quality-tune the ICT Criteria and Policy Recommendations and to disseminate information to stakeholders and the public, about the development of Regulatory initiatives, among the other problems.
It was held on the topic: “Deepening Regulatory Compliance for a Successful Digitisation Agenda.”
NITA was set up by Act 277 to control ICT in the place and currently operates beneath the Ministry of Communications.
Section Two of the Act mandates the Company to make certain the provision of high quality ICT, endorse standards and performance and be certain significant high-quality of service.
The Head of Regulatory at NITA, Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor, mentioned the Company was presently registering people and tech companies to give them certifications as aspect of attempts to weed out unqualified types.
He mentioned this initiative was to make certain that only the providers of certified IT professionals, graduates, practitioners and gurus have been engaged to greatly enhance regulation and be certain purchaser believe in.
He, consequently, urged this sort of persons to check out the web site of the Agency and sign-up.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, reiterated Government’s motivation to guaranteeing that just about every sector of the financial state was digitised, significantly by means of the Electronic Federal government (e-govt) system, to strengthen financial expansion.
“This ICT platform will increase the performance of govt companies and provide solutions on-line and is broadened to contain the use of ICT by the govt for conducting a broad array of interactions with citizens and organizations such as registration for Ghana card, beginning certificate, passport, company certificates, etc,” she stated.
The West Africa Regional Manager of CSquared, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, who represented the private sector, referred to as for a much more collaborative engagement in between the Ministry of Communications, NITA and IT corporations to address sector challenges.
She urged the Ministry and NITA to guarantee that national information was very well managed to allow traders to make educated choices.