ITU to build cy­ber se­cu­rity cen­tre in Nige­ria

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

The In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nige­rian Communications Com­mis­sion (NCC) plans to es­tab­lish African Re­gional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre in Nige­ria to ad­dress the se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the use of ICT in Africa.

The cen­tre, would pro­vide ser­vices that would fa­cil­i­tate multi-stake­holder col­lab­o­ra­tion on com­bat­ing cy­ber threat at re­gional and na­tional lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man NCC, Pro­fes­sor Umar Garuba Dan­batta.

Dan­batta who dis­closed this in a pa­per pre­sented at the sec­ond edi­tion of the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day, said “There is also on-go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the of­fice of NSA, ICT reg­u­la­tory agen­cies (within and out­side Nige­ria) and law en­force­ment agen­cies on ini­tia­tives aimed at con­fronting the menace of cy­ber ter­ror­ism”.

Rep­re­sented by the di­rec­tor of news me­dia and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, Engr Haru Al­has­san, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will in 2016 es­tab­lish a cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dence re­sponse team (CSIRT) to tackle cy­ber ter­ror­ism ex­clu­sively in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

In­ter­cep­tion reg­u­la­tions to guide all stake­hold­ers on the roles ex­pected of them in the fight against ter­ror­ism and in­sur­gency.

He said the CSIRT would fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ven­tion, swift iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of threats and shar­ing of valu­able in­for­ma­tion and resources to as­sist in na­tional se­cu­rity.

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