Technology Times has learnt exclusively that the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) has started a review of Nigeria’s cybersecurity master plan under a planned overhaul of the nation’s defence in cyberspace
ONSA, the focal point for cybersecurity in Nigeria’s defence architecture, has commenced a major review the National Cybersecurity Policy which shapes and defines how Nigeria is protected in cyberspace, according to people conversant with the situation.
Nigeria is home to a growing connected population, and as of July this year, there were 199,307,796 active phone lines, 147,148,307 active internet subscriptions and 80,215,614 broadband connection, according to official market data by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), the telecoms regulator.
Technology Times understands that the ongoing review is part of the five-year plan mapped out for the periodic assessment of Nigeria’s Cybersecurity Policy to keep it abreast of the fast-paced online threat landscape.
Major General Mohammed B. Monguno (rtd.), National Security Adviser, has started a review of the National Cybersecurity Policy of Nigeria
Within Nigeria’s national defence architecture, the internet known as cyberspace, has been designated as the “fourth frontier” among the quartet of land, secured by the Nigerian Army; sea, secured by Nigerian Navy and air, secured by Nigerian Air Force.
The Nigerian government had in 2004 developed a framework for cybersecurity following recommendations by the Presidential Committee on Illegal Online Activities mandated to set a clear direction, co-ordinate the nation’s engagements in cyberspace, protect and defend the national interests and the sovereignty of Nigeria.
This led to the establishment of the Cyber Security Focal Point at ONSA to drive various activities and initiatives it has taken in collaboration with various stakeholders towards ensuring the security of Nigeria’s presence in cyberspace.
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