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Nigeria leads in global cybercrimes, NSA laments


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Abuja

Date: 21th March, 2013

Image:  Sambo Dasuki

National Security Adviser to the President, Sambo Dasuki, says Nigeria is one of the leading cybercrime perpetrators in the world.

Speaking on Tuesday at the presentation of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Blueprint for Nigeria and Stakeholders Engagement Workshop organised by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja, he stressed the need for all stakeholders to work assiduously to contain the current security challenges associated with the use of internet and other electronic devices.

Represented by Director of Communications in his office, Haruna Mohammed, the NSA, who spoke on “Public Infrastructure and National Security,” said the ugly development paints Nigeria in bad light as it has collective impact on the nation’s security and economic development.

According to him, “Nigeria is reputed to be one of the leading cyber crime perpetrators in the world. There is today increasingly dependency on computer systems and networks in Nigeria by the government and citizens to provide critical services.”

However, he pointed out that his office has put measures in place to protect all critical information infrastructure and secure computer systems and networks in Nigeria.

These measures, in his words, include “the establishment of fully functional national digital forensic laboratory in the office of NSA.

“This is to avail all law enforcement and security agencies a platform for detailed investigation of cybercrimes in the country.”

In addition, Dasuki said plans have been concluded for the “establishment of National Computer Emergency Response Team Centre for the monitoring, detection and analysis of all activities in the cyberspace.”

To mitigate the high incidences of cybercrimes in Nigeria, the NSA said his office had drafted a National Security Bill which has been forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for transmission to the National Assembly as executive  bill, after consideration by Federal Executive Council[FEC].

He further commended NITDA for presenting PKI Blueprint for Nigeria, noting that it would reduce the incidences of cybercrimes in the country.

Earlier, the Director General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, explained that the introduction of PKI Blueprint would enhance e-government in Nigeria.

Angaye represented by Director of Standards and Regulation, Kem Ntoba, said the implementation of PKI blueprint would begin in the second quarter of this year, when all critical stakeholders must have made contributions and inputs on how to improve the draft document.

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