Stake­hold­ers seek new cy­ber­se­cu­rity poli­cies

The Punch - - INFORMATIO­N TECHNOLOGY - Ife Ogun­fuwa

CY­ber­se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als have ad­vised Nige­rian lead­ers to take proac­tive steps in tack­ling cy­ber­at­tacks in the coun­try.

they urged na­tional and cor­po­rate lead­ers to strate­gise and im­ple­ment new poli­cies to solve the chal­lenges of cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

they made this ap­peal at a stake­hold­ers Meet­ing on Nige­ria’s Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Chal­lenges or­gan­ised by the Nige­ria Com­puter so­ci­ety in La­gos.

the Com­mis­sioner for the Global Com­mis­sion on the sta­bil­ity of Cy­berspace, Mr Ab­dul­ha­keem Aji­jola, in his keynote ad­dress, noted that the changes and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies in cy­berspace called for new strate­gies to ad­dress the at­ten­dant chal­lenges.

“We need to har­monise our phi­los­o­phy, ethics and poli­cies to suit the present sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try. Most of the cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­ture we have to­day is owned by the pri­vate sec­tor.

“there is a need for more col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the pri­vate and the pub­lic sec­tors in terms of com­bat­ing cy­ber­at­tacks,” Aji­jola said.

Aji­jola said that this year, cy­ber­se­cu­rity so­lu­tions tar­geted at Mi­cro, small and Medium en­ter­prises should be in place, and prin­ci­pally driven by knowl­edge work­ers below 35 years of age.

He noted that in 2015, Africa cy­ber­se­cu­rity mar­ket was 0.92 bil­lion, which grew to 3.6 bil­lion in 2018.

Aji­jola said that Nige­rian cy­ber­se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als needed to en­quire what per­cent­age of the cy­ber­se­cu­rity mar­ket was theirs.

the com­mis­sioner ex­pressed hope that the highly-skilled cy­ber­se­cu­rity knowl­edge work­ers would con­sti­tute a cy­ber-guard that the na­tion would lever­age in times of na­tional cy­ber in­sur­gen­cies.

Also speak­ing, the Di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Na­tional in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency, Mr Kashifu inuwa, said that the agency had the man­date to en­sure that ev­ery sec­tor of the econ­omy was pro­tected against cy­ber­at­tacks.

the DG, who was rep­re­sented by a di­rec­tor at NITDA, Dr Lawan Ahmed, said that the agency planned to de­velop a cy­ber­se­cu­rity frame­work in part­ner­ship with Nige­ria Com­puter so­ci­ety to mit­i­gate cy­ber-risks.

the Pres­i­dent, NCS, Prof. Adesina sodiya, said the so­ci­ety had a sense of duty to prof­fer so­lu­tions to re­duce the im­pact of cy­ber­at­tacks in the coun­try by shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tices in the se­cu­rity agen­cies, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

He said the so­ci­ety would present its so­lu­tions to the gov­ern­ment and help shape poli­cies that would be de­vel­oped to ad­dress the men­ace.

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