As part of this year’s Cyber Security Awareness month globally, the Forestry Commission has organised its maiden conference on the theme “Cyber Security and Climate Change the Twin-Threat to Humanity” on Tuesday, 25th October, 2022.
Delivering a speech on behalf of the Deputy Minister for Lands and Forestry, Hon.Benito Owusu-Bio, the Technical Director, Forestry at the Ministry, Mr. Joseph Osiakwan said the fight against climate change and cybersecurity must always be considered as an important ingredient for a sustainable future.
He noted that “whereas climate change is more physical, cyber security is virtual, but the devastating effects are close to each other”. He added that institutions and individuals are therefore, at a high risk of cyber security attacks and hence the need to be well prepared to defend electronic devices from malicious attacks.
Mr. Osiakwan asserted that rallying behind technologies to counter cyber threats require more complex and robust systems which leads to higher energy consumption and emission of Green House Gases (GHG) which impacts on climate change.
“It is very gratifying to note that the Forestry Commission has advanced in the digitalization agenda of the Government by implementing several systems to ensure efficiency and effective management of its mandate”.
Mr. Osiakwan said, the Commission is assured of the Ministry’s full commitment to support the process whiles encouraging them to extend this awareness campaign to the Ministry and its Agencies.
The Deputy CEO of Forestry Commission, Mr. Nyadia Sulemana, in his welcome address said cyber security is a major issue which needs the total attention of corporate organisations to survive in the technological world.
He highlighted the five key pillars on which cyber security is being combacted internationally. He said” this awareness creation program is geared towards the capacity development measures for the five pillars for staff participation”.
Dr. Joseph Adu Minta, Director, ICT stated that the rise of Cyber security crime is as a result of organisations and individuals being more technology reliant.
Dr. Minta cautioned Staff of the Commission on the need to know and be trained to safeguard their activities in the cyber space because cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated by using new methods of attacks.