Cybersecurity awareness has become imperative due to the attendant risks that emanate from the appreciable migration of several transactions, meetings and other forms of interaction to online and digital platforms especially due to the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Technology eases processes and procedures, therefore safeguards must be put in place in order to have a protected cyberspace” this was the view of the Senate President Rt. Hon. Ahmad Lawan who was represented by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi at the International Legislative – Stakeholders conference on Digital Technology and Cybersecurity.
The conference which had various stakeholders participating took place today 12th October, 2020 in Abuja with the theme: DIGITAL THEATRE AND THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA.
Speaking at the conference, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who was represented by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Professor Umar Dambatta stated disclosed that finishing touches are being put in place for the Nigeria Digital Asset Management Policy to be released soon. And that NITDA has been directed to come up with the Nigeria Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, an effort geared towards supporting the promise of the president to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
He stated that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was moved to the Ministry as part of government’s efforts in accelerating the achievement of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). NIMC has played a vital role in the promotion of the current draft data protection bill.
Dr. Pantami noted that the importance of cybersecurity is emphasized in the Pillar #6 (Soft Infrastructure) of the NDEPS for a Digital Nigeria and this will ensure that Nigerians are secure online. He added that the redesigning of the ministry to include Digital Economy has helped posiition Nigeria to align with the Fourth Industrial Revolution towards building a knowledge based economy.
The Chairman, SenateCommittee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Yakubu Oseni in his speech said ICT Is now the key infrastructure and driver of all human endeavors and as such invasion of the cyberspace by criminal elements should not be allowed.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi on his part explained that three (3) strategies are needed to tackle the issue of cybersecurity ,they are creating awareness, providing massive state of the art infrastructures and thirdly, strategizing on restoration in case of any attacks.
Mallam Abdullahi hinted that the Agency has established and upgraded a dedicated Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) to coordinate and guide Nigerians on what to do.