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Microsoft in partnership with Innovare Learning hosted a workshop with the purpose of demonstrating that the organisations standards are compliant with the country’s cybersecurity directive.

The directive sets to ensure that institutions create a secure environment within cyberspace for the financial services industry and generate adequate trust and confidence in ICT systems as well as transactions in the cyberspace it is also meant to strengthen the regulatory framework for ensuring a secure environment within cyberspace amongst others.

The event, which had financial services stakeholders and representatives of the Bank of Ghana discussed the status of cybersecurity in the region as well as Microsoft’s commitment to comply with Ghana’s cybersecurity directive aimed to provide a forum where stakeholders in the Financial Services Industry can discuss or global best practices in cybersecurity.

Opening the workshop, Government Affairs Director, Microsoft Nigeria and Ghana – Rimini Makama stated ‘ We recognize the success in advancing cybersecurity requires an approach that is  multi-stakeholder in nature which is why forums like this are very important.

Governments around the world are having very crucial conversations on cyber security, which are resulting in more policies to improve cyber security-related risk management globally.

The event also aimed to equip the banks with the tools, knowledge, and understanding to benchmark, assess, and improve their enterprise risk management program.

“To be able to present to those in attendees and see their interest was rather exciting. Like Microsoft, Innovare shares the commitment to privacy and security of an individual’s data. Both parties believe that the digital information our customers create and store using cloud services is and remains the property of the customer and is entitled to the same privacy protection as paper records sent by mail or stored in a safe,” says CK Bruce, CEO at Innovare

John Edokpolo – Lead Commercial Attorney for Microsoft Emerging Markets stated “As organisations transform digitally, they need to be able to trust their technology solutions providers that are partnering with them to shape that transformation.

Both Microsoft and Innovare are excited at the possibilities and awareness that the workshop will bring going forward.

“Our approach to cloud services and transparency provides customers with confidence their data will be kept secure, private and meet industry compliance requirements. We hope that Ghana and the rest of the continent going forward will embrace these technologies as they remain complaint in their day to day organisational activities,” concludes Edokpolo.

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