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Communications ministry to partner agencies in curbing cybercrimes


Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Barrister Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has expressed the readiness of the Ministry to partner with agencies to catalyze and develop world-class human and institutional capacity in cyber security for the country.

He said the Ministry is living up to expectation of sensitizing, raising awareness and impact skills on cyber protection by creating the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to handle computer security incidents and examining the implementation framework of the Cybersecurity Act with amendments where necessary in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The Minister in a keynote address delivered at the National Computer Science Conference on Cyber Security & the Emerging African Economies at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State earlier, said there is the need for other frameworks across all strata of public and private sectors to arrest the spreading crime.

‘’The need for other frameworks like cyber security awareness across business and members of the public; cooperative arrangements between law enforcement and communication service provider across the nation and a criminal justice system that facilitate the efficient prosecution of cases of cybercrime are very germane”, he said.

The minister who noted that Nigeria currently loses about N78 billion annually to the activities of cyber criminals who target financial institutions, and government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as their affiliates, emphasized the need for the enactment and enforcement of policies to ensure cyber security within the ICT and financial institutions.

He said such policies should address the framework of cyber risk management, enforcing security through a ‘defense in-depth’ strategy as well as enforcing vigilance through early detection and signaling system.

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