FG To Inaugurate Advisory Council On Cyber Security

 FG To Inaugurate Advisory Council On Cyber Security

OSINBAJOThe Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government will inaugurate a Presidential Advisory Council on cyber security to be headed by the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Osinbajo disclosed at the 2016 Cyber Secure Nigeria that the council, which would include major stakeholders in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, as well as the Nigeria Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is expected to counsel the President on measures to protect national critical infrastructures and address cyber threats.
The VP spoke at an event organized by the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Wednesday in Abuja. It was titled ‘Emerging Cyber Security Threats and Counter-measures.
Osinbajo said terrorism could take several avenues to attack critical infrastructures in the country, adding that there was need for more partnership between the public and private sectors to secure the nation’s cyber space.
The Vice President (VP), who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Rule of Law, Mr. Akingbola Adeniran, emphasized the sector is capable of creating jobs for the unemployed youths, especially with the right partnership.
He added that the Office of the NSA and NITDA already setup emergency response teams in respect to cyber threats.
Osinbajo said: “If it is in the area of terrorism there are threats. Terrorism can take several forms on critical national infrastructures and through that, you can commit terrorism. In areas of financial crimes, we already have that happening. When you look at the threats this poses to the country, this is something we should be discussing and discussing seriously.
“We have a cyber-crime act which came into law last year and one of the provisions establishes cyber-crime advisory council, which is to be headed by the NSA. I am happy to inform you that in the coming weeks, that council will be inaugurated under the chairmanship of the NSA. This is the premiere cyber-crime fighting or coordinating body for the country and so many agencies, including the private sector that is part of this council. The idea is that every aspect of cyber security is discussed so that they can take decisions, to advise Mr. President on how to improve our cyber security.”
In his remarks, CSEAN President, Remi Afon said the conference was organized to call government’s attention to the need to train Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on cyber security.
He advised government to create more awareness on impact of cyber-crime, adding that research and investment in cyber security are essential to responding to cyber threats.

LTV

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