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NCC harps on building digital economy on trusted technologies, partnerships for strong cybersecurity

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
04 November 2021   |   3:05 am
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has stressed the need to ensure that digital economy is built on trusted technologies

[FILES] Danbatta

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has stressed the need to ensure that the digital economy is built on trusted technologies and partnerships for strong cybersecurity that rides on public’s confidence, security, privacy and safety to responsive regulations, transparency, accountability and governance.

He observed that strong cybersecurity would help in reducing the surface of vulnerabilities in the digital economy, adding that the move is a stimulus for a secure and prosperous digital economy.

Speaking at the 2021 Cybersecurity Conference organised by the commission in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Abuja, Danbatta expressed fears that the pace at which technology advances, acceleration of innovations and enterprise in the digital space amplifies vulnerability opportunities, which malicious parties are quick to exploit, thereby slowing down the gains of the digital economy.

The EVC called on all relevant stakeholders to key into the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021 and accelerate the adoption of its various components.

He said: “Therefore, the NCC is in the forefront of ensuring sound cybersecurity culture that is built on people, process and technology. The launch of NCC sectoral CERT is a testament of our resolve to promote a healthy digital environment.”

On the theme, “Building Trust in the Digital Economy through Cybersecurity, and Sensitisation on the Implementation of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021,” Danbatta restated the Federal Government’s commitment to promoting cybersecurity as a tool for fostering trust and prosperity in the digital economy.

According to him, the collective resolve is to continuously boost trust and confidence in the digital economy by ensuring adherence to sound cybersecurity culture and hygiene internally, and with external partners, as well as stakeholders.

In his remarks, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Mongunu (rtd), said the sensitisation on NCPS 2021 was ongoing across seven sectors of the Nigerian economy.