Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, is advocating for the establishment of a National Cyber Security Agency by the Federal Government.
This was part of communique issued at the end of a stakeholders meeting on the Nation’s Cyber security Challenges organised by the Society in conjunction with the Edinburgh Napier University, UK.
Stakeholders at the meeting held at LCCI Building, Alausa, Ikeja on the 9th January, 2020 discussed several issues on cyber security.
Professionals present at the meeting mandated Nigeria Computer Society to create further collaboration with other stakeholders on the need to generate grassroot awareness on cyber security.
The meeting made the following recommendations to be implemented by government and other relevant agencies as signed by the President, Professor Adesina Simon Sodiya and the Executive Secretary of NCS, Iyiola Ayoola:
- The government should consider a functional framework to engage the International communities such as the United Nations on the challenges of cyber security solutions.
- The government should enforce existing related bills such as Electronic Transaction Bill (for financial online payment systems) and National Critical Infrastructure Bill (for protection of digital assets) to ensure cyber stability in Nigeria.
- Establishment of National Cyber Security Agency by government.
- The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) Policy should be considered for implementation by a newly-created cyber security agency.
- Enforcement of the Cybercrime Act 2015 in all sectors of the economy including health and education sectors.
- Inauguration of Cybercrime Advisory Council.
- Government to invest on incidence response capabilities at Local, National and International levels.
- NCS to collaborate with other stakeholders in the establishment of Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement to finance awareness programmes for the citizenry.
- Government to commence the process of flexible identification of citizens through data harmonization.
- NCS to act further on its advocacy business through training and various seminars arrangement as a means of educating the public on the identified threats in the cyber space.
- NCS to advise government to introduce a general course tagged “cyber security” at the entry level of our schools not only in the tertiary institutions but also at all levels of education.
The Society also advised government on the need to outsource the activities of Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to facilitate early completion of the project.