Stakeholders seek new cybersecurity policies
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.