By Juliet Umeh
The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria, CSEAN, has urged the Federal Government to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, saying it will ostensibly tackle the menace of cyber crimes in Nigeria.
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The association’s position was part of the resolutions at this year’s Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference, which was organised by CSEAN in Abuja.
The conference which attracted security agencies and stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the economy served as a platform for experts to x-ray the cyber security situation in Nigeria and advised the government on possible ways to tackle the menace.
Also part of the resolutions at the conference was for the government to deliberately give the National Cyber Security Centre, the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the National cyber security policy and strategy.
President of CSEAN, Remi Afon, said: “considering the precarious nature of our cyberspace, we believe that establishing a National Cyber Security Centre by the Federal Government, will help build a resilient cyber security defence for our country.
“Unfortunately, cybersecurity in Nigeria currently lacks the appropriate long-term funding in both the public and private sector. But going forward, the Federal Government needs to invest in research, which findings will meet and respond to cybersecurity threats in a timely fashion and as well, nurture human resource capabilities,” he said.
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His view was that all over the world, new regulations are being adopted to protect personal data and respond to the ever-changing, complex technological landscape. He said that was why the 3-day conference was themed “Implementing Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practices in Nigeria”.
He said cybercriminals are collaborating, sharing information and providing round the clock support services in the dark web on various cybercrime activities ranging from malware creation, compromised passwords sale to zero-day vulnerabilities while government and private sectors in Nigeria are working in silos.
He advised government to partner and engage with industry and cybersecurity organisations.
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Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the best way to curtail cybercrime in Nigeria is for stakeholders to implement global best practices, saying it will ensure speedy implementation of requisite policies.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, added that there was a need to work together as nobody, is immune to the menace.