Government
Institutions, Department and Agencies have been encouraged to develop security
policies to secure their critical information from getting leaked into the
public sphere.

Additionally, they must put in place
mechanisms that would restrict workers from using official office computers to
visit porn sites and download materials from the internet during working hours.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
Herbert Gustav Yankson, Director, Cybercrime Unit of the Criminal Investigations
Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) who gave the advice said the
risk in attracting virus from porn sites was high.

“Official computers cannot be used to visit
porn sites and download personal materials. But these are things that are
happening in our institutions. Policies must be developed so that some of these
things would not be faulted”, he stressed.

According to ACP Yankson, virus which could
be a conduit for transferring vital information of an institution unknowingly
and admonished the agencies to ensure that their computers were updated
regularly and had proper anti-virus installed on it.

He was speaking at a day’s sensitisation
workshop on cybercrime and cyber security for Institutions, Department and
Agencies of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies of the
Central Region on Thursday.

The workshop, which formed part of the
national efforts to raise awareness on cybercrime and cybersecurity was aimed
at engaging the agencies on the trends of cybercrime and how they could protect
themselves from becoming vulnerable.

ACP Yankson said computers could be infected
with viruses through e-mail attachment, downloading files, visiting infected
websites and using removable media such as pen drives.

In this regard, he cautioned against
accepting different pen drives for one computer saying “lots of pen drives
moving from one computer to the other infects almost everything and through
that a government information could be sent out”.

He said advancement in Information
Communication Technology (ICT) comes with associated risks and emphasised that
protecting one’s self in the cyber space was critical and must not be taken for
granted.

He advised the agencies and the general
public to be vigilant and do due diligence particularly when using their Mobile
phones and other electronic gadgets.

ACP Yankson advised Ghanaians especially the
youth not to give too much information about themselves on the internet, have
strong passwords with a mixture of alphabets, symbols.

He expressed worry about the increasing
incidence of sex extortion despite the regular education and advised ladies to
avoid taking nude pictures of themselves and more importantly must not share it
with their friends.

He indicated that sex extortion, child pornography
and nudity on the cyber space were criminal offenses, which when found culpable
could face a jail term of not less than ten years.

Mr Thomas Adjei Baffoe, Deputy Central
Regional Minister shared some antics that fraudsters used and cautioned the pubic
to be guided by the security tips provided by the Police to stay safe.

Source: GNA