As the world celebrates the Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, beckons on Nigerians to embrace healthy practices in cyberspace. Cybersecurity Awareness has become essential due to the number of risks that emanate from several activities online.
In a statement signed by Dr. Femi Adeluyi, the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister, he said:
“The importance of Cybersecurity Awareness is emphasized in Pillar #6 (Soft Infrastructure) of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. The Soft Infrastructure pillar aims to ensure that Nigerians are secure online.”
Cybersecurity Regulations in Nigeria
To further buttress his point, he mentioned some laws that back up the Awareness Programme.
“Section 106 (1(c)) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 states the role of the Nigerian Communications Commission in the protection of consumer information. Similarly, the National Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007 Section 6(I) states the role of NITDA in improving the state of information technology to enhance national security. The Nigeria National Cybersecurity Framework also prescribes guidance for public and private organizations. And these guidelines instigate measures for upholding cybersecurity and cyber-resiliency in Nigeria.”
Furthermore, he said that cybersecurity is about creating awareness about the nature of cyberspace. Hence, the Minister has directed parastatals under the Ministry to embark on a nationwide Cybersecurity Awareness Programme. These parastatals include NCC, NITDA, NIMC, and Galaxy Backbone.
The awareness program will run for 31 days (throughout October). The program will also provide Nigerians with the right information required to accept the digital economy and its incentives. In addition to that, it will help individuals protect themselves against the tactics of cybercriminals.
In the concluding part of the statement, he urges everyone to adopt security measures while interacting online. Most importantly, individuals should also apply extra caution in situations that involve the exchange of sensitive information.
He ended by wishing citizens a successful Cybersecurity Awareness Month and assures all that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to keeping Nigerians safe online.