J Initiative (JI) has become a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018.
From today JI has joined a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.
A multi-layered and far-reaching campaign held annually in October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, JI recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.
“Our children in Ghana just like any part of the world are confronted with all kinds of cyber issues including; Child Sexual Exploitation, child abuse imagery, inappropriate content, reputational damage and even addiction to technology which are in themselves not accidental but having serious effect on their socialization and how the society is wired.
“At J Initiative, we imagine a world where children and young people are empowered to navigate their way in the digital space. Our focus on the Children’s digital Rights and Protection has been culminated in our Digital Literacy & Safety Programme for children, young people and other stakeholders. We believe that the digital space when used properly results in a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. As stated by John F. Kennedy; ‘’Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future’’. If children are the future, empowering children and young people to practice digital safety then, is the key to a safer digital Ghana,” Awo Aidam Amenyah –Executive Director said.
Co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions and young people nationally and internationally. NCSAM 2017 was an unprecedented success, generating 4,316 news stories – an increase of 68 percent in comparison to NCSAM 2016’s media coverage. Kicking off its 15th year, NCSAM 2018 presents an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the month’s tremendous adoption growth over the last several years and expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.
“The Champion program continues to be a strong foundation for National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s ongoing and impactful success. In 2017, 1,050 organizations enlisted to support the month – a 21-percent increase from the previous year,” said Russ Schrader, NCSA’s executive director.
“We are thankful to our 2018 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity, online safety awareness and the opportunity to protect our privacy.”
As part of JI’s NCSAM efforts, we will be engaging on Social Media and traditional media mainly as part of our action throughout the month. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware or #GhCybersecurity on social media throughout the month.