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NCC set to tackle cybercrime with Internet Industry Code of Practice

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to roll out Internet Industry Code of Practice to fight cybercrime-related activities in the telecom space.

This was disclosed by Executive Vice chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta during the 87th edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) in Lagos entitled “Challenges of Cybercrime: The Role of the Telecoms Service Providers”.
He explained that it’s important to take proactive measures towards cybercrime   which is increasingly dominating the space despite effort in curbing the menace.
He advised corporate organisations to invest heavily in cyber security to checkmate activities of cyber criminals who are adopting several means to attack corporate and individual operations.
Danbatta informed that the commission has set a motion in establishing Internet Industry Code of Practice as a measure towards fighting cybercrimes to boost person-to-person and business to-business interactions in the country.
He said ”towards ensuring safer internet use for all telecoms consumers- be it individuals and corporates, we have set in motion the process of establishing an internet industry code of Practice in accordance with our mandate to regulate the communications sector in Nigeria, as enshrined in the Nigerian Commu-nications Act.
He said, ”The code is to clearly define the rights and obligations of Internet Access Service Providers with regards to the issues therein and to also protect the right of internet users to an Open Internet.”
He also noted that the new code will equally provide clear guidelines to Internet Access Service Providers on the use of traffic management practices with basic outlines of obligations of in relation to the protection of consumer’s personal data and security.
Being at the forefront to ensure that telecommunications network are secure without fear of breach, the commission has also noted that National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) will soon be established to checkmate cybercrime in Nigeria.
“CERT is not a team of human beings. It is a team of computers networked together, designed to checkmate incidences of cyber security on the telecommunications network.
“The lab that is going to be doing this is already set up, the equipment have been supplied, so what remains is just the configuration,” Danbatta added
Speaking at the event, The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, said that the TCP provided high-level engagement and interactions with consumers, service provider, the regulator and other stakeholders in the telecommunications industry.
Onwuegbuchulam said that the programme has become a veritable platform for addressing critical industry challenges affecting consumers and other stakeholders in the telecommunications value-chain in Nigeria.
She said that the day’s Telecom Consumer Parliament brought to the front burner the problem of cybercrime, which was bedeviling the industry at the moment.
According to her, it is common knowledge that access to high-speed internet or broadband is getting more pervasive and available to Nigerians to enable them achieve more efficiency in their daily activities.
“However, there are individuals called cyber criminals, cyber hackers or cyber fraudsters whose stock in trade is to deploy the internet, using all manner of decoys, to defraud genuine and unsuspecting internet users.

“The issue of cybercrime is a global phenomenon with levels of pervasiveness differing from country to country, and from region to region.
“It is also more pronounced in Nigeria, as it costs individuals and organizations financial losses, among other dangers it poses to victims.
“It is, therefore, our concern in NCC, to see that risks associated with the usage of internet by Nigerians are addressed and mitigated too,” she said.

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