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Nigeria IT policy chief pushes ‘collaborative’ dragnet against cyber threats

Nigeria IT policy chief pushes ‘collaborative’ dragnet against cyber threats
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Peter Jack, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called for widespread collaboration across all sectors of the economy to address the new age threats of cyber security facing Nigeria.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Peter Jack, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)”]In the wake of cyber threats across the world, and realising that Nigeria, key player in an increasingly global economy, Jack told the forum that NITDA recently launched a Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Centre (CERRT) towards making positive engagement in cyber security for the IT industry and the nation at large. [/blockquote]

Speaking at a cyber security forum organised by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), Jack, the nation’s IT Policy czar believes that the engagement of all stakeholders in Nigeria will ensure far-reaching inclusion to discuss areas of strategic concerns and lay the foundation “for a trusted relationship between the public and organized private sector on cyber security.”

The rate of cyber fraud and insecurity have increasingly become more intense in recent times prompting ONSA to convene the two-day forum in Lagos that brought together stakeholders in law enforcement, public sector and industry to devise “a workable synergy to protect Nigeria from this vulnerability.”

The Federal Ministry of Justice, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and NITDA, alongside others that collaborated with ONSA observed that the cyberspace has ushered in new opportunities hence the need to build national consensus on national cyber security and the need facilitate a unified e-security foundation for Digital Nigeria has becomes more pertinent.

In the wake of cyber threats across the world, and realising that Nigeria, key player in an increasingly global economy, Jack told the forum that NITDA recently launched a Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Centre (CERRT) towards making positive engagement in cyber security for the IT industry and the nation at large.

“Cyberspace is a new frontier that deserve our attention”, Jack said while adding that NITDA has shared responsibility to maintain security, stability and prosperity in the Nigeria space on the Internet “to the best benefit by adopting the principle of mutual cooperation and sovereignty.”

According to the IT Policy chief, “we recommend that relevant agency adopt this strategy as well. NITDA  is ready to co-operate with the Office of National Security Adviser towards safeguarding Nigeria presence in cyber space.”

Jack said that “NITDA has been co-operating with other stakeholders to contribute its quota” while adding the readiness of the IT agency to make Nigeria derive “more prosperous engagement in the cyber space.”

 

 

 

 

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