NITDA clears CBN’s computer security system for upgrade

Na'ankwat Dariem

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it has cleared a number of ICT Security and Systems Infrastructure Upgrade projects of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
This is inline with NITDA’s mandate as the government’s clearinghouse for all IT procurement and services in the public sector.
The Agency explained that the projects cleared include:
Enterprise Network Security – Gateway Security Project, aimed at upgrading the Bank’s network security appliances and ensures that network security appliances are highly available and provides comprehensive real-time protection against advanced threats.
Also cleared is the Intelligence Security Operations Center project that is aimed at providing a dedicated center, technology and team for continuous monitoring of the Bank’s network to prevent, detect and deal with Cyber-attacks.
Implementation of a Network Access Control (NAC) Solution – a security approach designed to restrict the availability of network resources to endpoint devices – aimed at enhancing infrastructure security as well as limit potential effects from emerging security threats.
NITDA added that it also clear the Identity and Access Management Solution project aimed at ensuring that the right individuals access the right resources/applications at the right times and for the right reasons.
It may be recalled that the Director General of NITDA,Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami,recently issued a statement  alerting  the country on potential cyber-attacks likely to be experienced targeting banking, health and other systems, power and transportation systems, as well as other critical national infrastructure.
Meanwhile,the Director General, in his clearance letter, commended the Bank for the proactive manner in handling these threats and reiterated NITDA’s commitment to support  all initiatives aimed at ensuring that the country’s cyberspace is safe and secure.
CBN, in its efforts towards mitigating these threats, especially in the country’s financial institutions, initiated the implementation of these projects.
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