The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has extended the deadline for the Licensing and Accreditation of Cybersecurity Service Providers (CSPs), Cybersecurity Professionals (CPs) and Cybersecurity Establishments (CEs) from September 30, 2023, to December 31, 2023.
The decision according to the Authority is to allow Cybersecurity Service Providers (CSPs), Cybersecurity Establishments (CEs) and Cybersecurity Professionals (CPs) who have not commenced the process of obtaining licences and accreditations to do so in compliance with Act 1038.
The extension is also in line with the CSA’s adaptation of a collaborative approach in regulating the industry, and the need to create an enabling and vibrant ecosystem that allows for the development of the industry.
The purpose of the regime as contained in a press statement is to ensure regulatory compliance and provide a streamlined mechanism for ensuring that Cybersecurity Service Providers (CSPs), Cybersecurity Establishments (CEs) and Cybersecurity Professionals (CPs) offer their services in accordance with approved standards and procedures in line with domestic requirements and international best practice.
The statement says, all applicants who have registered on the CSA’s licensing and accreditation portal but have not yet submitted complete applications are required to do so within the period of extension.
To commence the application process, or for further information, interested persons should visit https://csa.gov.gh/licensing
The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) was established by the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) to regulate cybersecurity activities in the country; to promote the development of cybersecurity in the country and to provide for related matters.
CSA officially started operations on 1st October 2021; starting as the National Cyber Security Secretariat (NCSS) with the appointment of the National Cybersecurity Advisor in 2017 and later transitioned into the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in 2018 as an agency under the then Ministry of Communications.