Cybersecurity Authority Implements Monitoring of Students’ Online Activities

In an era where digital platforms have become the mainstay of social interaction, concerns about cyberbullying and other malicious online behaviours have prompted the Cybersecurity Authority to take decisive steps. Spearheading this initiative, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the Director General of the Cybersecurity Authority, has announced the development of a comprehensive framework aimed at monitoring students’ online behaviour and safeguarding them from cybersecurity threats.

This initiative was highlighted during a cybersecurity awareness seminar at Takoradi Technical University. The seminar, which was a collaborative effort between the Dean of Students Affairs and the Student Affairs Committee, provided a crucial platform for addressing the increasing instances of cyber misdemeanours.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako, through a representative, shared insights into the synergy between the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) and the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843). This collaboration forms the backbone of the newly envisaged framework that aims to curtail the negative implications of students’ online activities. “The framework will not only campaign for awareness but also educate on the essence of responsible online presence,” he assured attendees.

The urgency of building a positive digital footprint was emphasized, with students encouraged to be mindful of their online actions. “The digital legacy you leave could either open doors or shut them,” cautioned Dr. Antwi-Boasiako, highlighting the perspective of admissions officers, employers, and various external agencies towards online behaviour.

Engineer Prof. Ebenezer Boakye, representing the Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, pointed out the critical need for students, especially those in computer science and IT, to grasp the full implications of the Cybersecurity Act. “In a world increasingly dependent on digital technology, understanding and implementing cybersecurity measures is not optional—it’s essential,” he stressed, also highlighting the university’s zero-tolerance policy towards cybercrime.

On his part, the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Bruce Amartey Jnr., shed light on the pressing need for the seminar, which stems from the surge in cyberbullying, sexual extortion, and the spread of explicit content. These actions not only compromise student safety but also tarnish the institution’s reputation. “The goal is to foster a culture of respect and privacy in online interactions, ensuring a safer digital environment for everyone,” he stated.

Adding a law enforcement perspective, ACP Dr. Francis Tsidi, the Deputy Western Police Regional Commander, elaborated on the legal ramifications of cybercrime, including potential fines and imprisonment. He urged students to adopt a proactive stance towards personal online security and to report any instances of harassment.

The Takoradi Technical University’s commitment to conducting regular cybersecurity seminars is a testament to its proactive approach in addressing the evolving landscape of cyber threats. This initiative is not only about enforcing rules but empowering students with the knowledge to navigate the digital world securely and responsibly.

As the digital domain continues to expand, initiatives like these underscore the importance of a collaborative approach in safeguarding the cyber welfare of the community.

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