The Information Commuincation Technology (ICT) Department of Forestry Commission has organised a two-day programme on the theme “Cybersecurity and Climate Change , the Twin Threat to Humanity”.
Having globally marked October as a month to create more awareness on cybersecurity, the Department took the opportunity to educate the staff of the Commission.
Mr. John Allotey, Chief Executive; Hon. Martha Kwayie-Manu and Mr. Nyadia Sulemana Nelson, Deputy Chief Executives; Mr. Joseph Osiakwan, Technical Director in charge of Forestry at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR); Mrs. Edith Abruquah, Executive Director FSD, and staff were present.
Dr. Joseph Adu Mintah, Director of ICT, explained what cybersecurity is and its negative impacts. He cautioned staff against giving out their electronic gadgets with their staff ID and passwords saved. He also expressed gratitude to staff for honoring the invitation to participate in the programme.
Mr. Joseph Osiakwan, on behalf of the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio ,mentioned that cybercrime perpetrators mostly look out for loose links to attack and hence there is the need to create awareness and keep an eye on all staff.
On the issue of cybersecurity and forest operations, Mrs. Abruquah highlighted on the importance of ICT in the operations of FSD and the various applications that have been developed by ICT which have improved the operations of FSD officers across the country.
She advised staff to take the issues of cybersecurity seriously and take precautions to curb cybercrimes.
There were presentations and statements from all the Divisions / Units of FC on how cybersecurity attacks could be prevented.