The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has said the idea behind the establishment of Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Team, (CERRT) is to reduce cyber-attacks and make Nigeria’s Cyberspace safer.
While speaking at the inauguration of the Nigeria Communications Commission’s Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Team CERRT, Dr. Pantami said the project was strategically built-in line with Digital Economy Policy and Strategy of President Muhammadu Buhari for a Digital Nigeria.
According to him, the facility was initiated and executed in accordance with International best practices and meet the needs of the present reality of mitigating and reducing further attacks on the country to a bearable minimum.
“The CERRT will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the administration in tackling the high wave of insecurity in the country and put the economy on a better footing as well as boosting the anti-corruption war,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that the CERRT is in alignment with the three priority areas of President Muhammadu Buhari which is to promote security.
“Today there are many challenges with regards to security based on what is happening online. With CERRT Teams, we will be able to be the watchdog of the Federal Government, monitor and protect cybercrime attacks on our country,” he added.
Earlier in his address the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta alluded to the importance of the Centre to the nation’s security measures, the digitalisation of the country’s economy and the rebranding of the Commission.
According to him, with the establishment of the Centre, the Cyber space will be insulated from frequent attacks and save the country from loss of huge resources.