Director General, Cyber Security Authority, Ghana
Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, is the first Director-General of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA). Prior to his appointment, on October 1, 2021, he served as the National Cybersecurity Advisor and Head of the then National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) from July 2017 to September 2021, leading the institutionalisation of Ghana’s cybersecurity development which progressed from 32.6% in 2017 to 86.69% in 2020, according to the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), with Ghana ranked 3rd in Africa and 43rd globally.
In 2011, Dr. Antwi-Boasiako founded e-Crime Bureau, the first cybersecurity and digital forensics firm with a state-of-the art e-Crime Lab to be established and operate in West Africa. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, introducing the Harmonized Model for Digital Evidence Admissibility Assessment (HM-DEAA) as a ground-breaking contribution to digital forensics standardisation. Dr Antwi-Boasiako also graduated from the University of Trento in Italy for his undergraduate programme and the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom for his postgraduate programme, receiving cum laude and distinction respectively.
He has conducted cybersecurity related consulting and assignments for international and local organisations including the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), the European Union, Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG)/Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), among others. Since 2014, Dr. Antwi-Boasiako has served as an Expert with the Council of Europe’s Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project. He has served as a Bureau Member of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) of the Council of Europe.
He currently serves on the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). He is the Government of Ghana’s representative on ECOWAS’ Regional Technical Committee (RTC) on Cybersecurity. In June 2021, he was recognised as the world’s 20th most Influential Security Executive in the Cybersecurity Category by IFSEC Global. He has also received a number of industry awards in Ghana including Top 20 Tech leaders Awards 2022 by the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards and Most Outstanding Personality Award by the Internet Society Ghana Chapter.
He has a number of publications covering information technology, cybersecurity, cybercrimes, data protection and digital forensics to his credit. He has also delivered presentations and papers at major local, regional and international conferences and workshops.