Expert calls for ICT legislation to enhance cyber security 

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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An Expert has called for the regularization of all government Information Communications Technology, ICT, legislations in Nigeria to increase resilience against malicious cyber risks and threats.

Dr. Kenneth Okereafor  stated this in an interview with journalists on the slide land of the two day Information Assurance Workshop for Heads  organized by National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA in Abuja, Nigeria ,co-hosted with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Dr. Okereafor  said one of the ways to secure the cyber space is to have a single coordinating unit saying that even though, Nigeria  has an agency regulating IT and Cyber security, it is also important to have people we can hold accountable such that these bodies can help in the operationalization around it.

Dr. noted that as a country, Nigeria needs to look into legislation to legitimize all the regulations that need to be applied in cyber security noting that Legislation and for supporting cyber security can never be over emphasized/over rated.

“To that extent, it is necessary for government to consider having more legal frameworks to backup other areas of cyber security. We as a country need to define develop and institutionalize frameworks to protect data each of these areas. We have a lot of frameworks, but we can harmonize them and begin to use them as a people. The Cyber security law though is in place needs to be strengthened.

He emphasised the need for continues education on cyber security “People are not aware of the various exposures that we have in terms of cyber security. And the only way to do that is to have constant training and retraining in cyber security.

Dr.  added that “Agencies of government need now to take cyber security education and awareness more seriously because  of the complexity of the data space that we operate in and enlargement and embrace of tech in so many areas, it now becomes imperative for agencies of government to be aware of the exposures and then take proper actions.”

 According to him, that programme is a proposal to government to implement and make our cyber space more secure. The reason is because in other climes, it is very easy to detect when attacks are coming in. We are looking at a situation where Nigeria as a country has a framework in place to detect cyber security breaches, beyond that to also respond proactively.