NITDA com­mis­sions com­puter re­sponse team to fight cy­ber crimes

Daily Trust - - ITWORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) has com­mis­sioned an in­ter­me­di­ary ded­i­cated to shield­ing com­put­ers and other IT net­works from cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents by build­ing na­tional readi­ness through Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams (CERTs)

Speak­ing in Abuja, NITDA’s act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr Ashiru Sani Daura said the new com­puter emer­gency team has de­vel­oped cy­ber se­cu­rity poli­cies strate­gies and stan­dards that would re­duce cy­ber­crimes in the coun­try.

Dr Daura said the im­i­ta­tive would con­tin­u­ously iden­tify ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial com­puter re­lated threats with a view to pre­vent­ing them.

“It will no­tify as ap­pro­pri­ate, build ca­pac­i­ties, de­velop the req­ui­site readi­ness pro­cesses, co­or­di­nate re­sponses, build re­la­tion­ships and li­aise as needed with sim­i­lar in­ci­dent re­sponse teams lo­cally and world­wide. NITDA in keep­ing to its man­date looks for­ward to shar­ing the cy­ber re­lated pol­icy tem­plates it has, en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­ested lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups to par­tic­i­pate in hands on global cy­ber drills and fo­cus­ing on em­pow­er­ing our youth with the knowl­edge and tools to de­velop a home grown Cy­ber Se­cu­rity So­lu­tions in­dus­try”, he said while com­mis­sion­ing the re­sponse team.

He said it is en­vis­aged as a col­lab­o­ra­tive mul­ti­stake­holder In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) driven en­tity that would pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of req­ui­site ca­pac­i­ties and build­ing of syn­er­gies within and be­tween ap­pro­pri­ate en­ti­ties in all rel­e­vant spheres of our na­tion and be­yond.

He said “the ac­tiv­i­ties of the team are ac­tu­al­ized through the fol­low­ing core com­po­nents namely: Fu­sion Cen­tre con­sist­ing of a cy­ber-mon­i­tor­ing cen­tre that mon­i­tors the cy­ber space, es­pe­cially those parts of that are car­ried on Nige­rian based In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) in­fra­struc­ture. It also has a help desk where the pub­lic and or­gan­i­sa­tions can re­port cy­ber-in­ci­dents. It will also en­gage in build­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive plat­forms and Cy­ber-Threat Anal­y­sis and gen­er­a­tion of threat and in­ci­dent sta­tis­tics.

“Aware­ness/ Train­ing/ Li­ai­son/ Com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tion will fo­cus on build­ing the ca­pac­ity of Nige­rian hu­man re­source base by lev­er­ag­ing on the trainthe-train­ers ap­proach. It will em­bark on ca­pac­ity build­ing part­ner­ships with in­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions es­pe­cially academia, ser­vice providers, pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions. It will fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of stan­dards in-line with NITDA’s man­date.

“Cy­ber Foren­sics Lab­o­ra­tory can an­a­lyse and re­solve cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents as needed in Nigeria by Nige­ri­ans and for Nige­ri­ans.

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