Nigerian Government Moves to Review Cybersecurity Policy

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The Federal Government has inaugurated a multi-stakeholder committee to review the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2014, citing associated threats dynamics within the cyberspace.

National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, expressed the need to strengthen Nigeria’s cybersecurity architecture. He said the entire cyber ecosystem needed periodic reforms for efficiency.

According to a statement issued from his office, the NSA noted that the evaluation was part of efforts to reposition the country to fully exploit the benefits of the Internet for enhanced security and economy.

Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has pointed out that the country’s yearly loss to cybercrime was N250 billion.

The NSA acknowledged that recent digital advancements have thrown up new businesses, ideas, responsibilities, and social interactions.

For him, there was a need for Nigeria, the Giant of Africa to redefine its national objectives and address some pressing developmental challenges together with the emergence of new forms of criminality and terrorism perpetrated through cyberspace.

He was quoted as saying: “This committee was constituted to identify the current gaps in the National Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy 2014, articulate the various inputs of stakeholders and develop necessary frameworks to effectively mitigate evolving cyber threats and enhance Nigeria’s productive engagements in the cyberspace.”