NCC Seeks Support To Tackle Cyber Threats In Nigeria

L-R: Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Reuben Mouka; Chief Operating Officer, Halogen Group, Dr. Wale Adeagbo and Director, New Media and Information Security, NCC, Dr. Alhassan Haru during the presentation of the 2022 Cybersecurity Award for Best Public Sector Organisation to NCC at the maiden Cybersecurity Merit Awards 2022 organised by Cybersecurity Experts Association of Nigeria in Lagos at the weekend.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called on all stakeholders to support the Commission in tackling every manifestation of cyber threats in order to attain a safer internet experience in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday by the Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka while receiving a cybersecurity promotion award from the Cybersecurity Experts Association of Nigerian (CSEAN).

The award which was conferred on the Commission over the weekend in Lagos, is in recognition of its contributions to the protection of telecom consumers from all forms of cybercrimes.

Receiving the 2022 Cybersecurity Award for Best Public Sector Organisation at the event, the EVC who was represented by a delegation led by the Director, New Media and Information Security (NMIS), Dr. Alhassan Haru; and Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Muoka, said, tackling the menace of cybercrime in the country has become even more imperative as the success of the implementation of digital economy policy and strategy depends on a strong foundation of cybersecurity architecture in Nigeria.

Danbatta said one of the key pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, is Soft Infrastructure, which is premised on harnessing policy and regulatory initiatives to create an enabling environment that focuses on increased protection for users of digital products and services in the country.

“The Commission is committed to ensuring that the Nigerian cyberspace is protected against the nefarious activities of cybercriminals that endanger unsuspecting Internet users in the country,” he said.

He said it is in recognition of the strategic role the cyberspace plays in the advancement of digital economy that the Commission created NMIS department in charge of several activities, initiatives and programmes pivoted on collaboration to enhance cybersecurity and information security in the Nigerian cyberspace.

“We have continued to be part of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), promote Child Online Protection as well as create awareness on cyber threats through the NCC’s Computer Security Incidence Response Team (CSIRT), which constantly monitors the cyberspace and publishes advisories on identified cyber threats,” the EVC said.

Danbatta said as the regulator of telecom sector, the main carrier of cyber communication, the NCC has leveraged NDEPS to work with relevant stakeholders to create an enabling environment where Internet users are able to navigate the cyberspace without being abused, attacked or losing money.

The CMA 2020 is organized to recognise individuals, startups, private businesses, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government, as well as state governments for excellence, innovation, and effective leadership in promoting cybersecurity ecosystem in Nigeria.

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