In aligning with the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) published by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which requires each sector to establish a computer incident response team, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), regulator of the telecom sector has decided to inaugurate an incidence response facility.

The incidence response facility, which will provide requisite services to the stakeholders and players within the telecom sector and Nigerians in general, is aimed at addressing incidences of cybercrimes, protecting telecoms infrastructure and encouraging increased participation in nation’s digital economy.

At the commissioning of the facility in Abuja, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami said the facility, which is NCC’s industry-specific intervention will ensure continuous improvement of processes and communication frameworks to guarantee secure and collaborative exchange of timely information while responding to cyber threats within the sector.

“The Center as a strategic step in boosting cybersecurity in Nigeria and a significant measure in the support of national efforts at protecting the information and communication technology infrastructure in the country.

Meanwhile, in his address at the event, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated that, considering the increasing growth in Internet usage, especially as a consequence of the outbreak of the pandemic, the Commission observed a rise in cyber incidents and criminal activities.

“The Commission recognises that with the borderless nature and pervasiveness of these incidences, relentless and concerted attention is required to protect Internet users as well as the Critical National Information Infrastructure and ensure they are resilient,” Danbatta said.

Prof. Danbatta explained that the NCC-CSIRT has been structured to operate within the framework of the NCPS and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) to assist the Nigerian communications sector with the management and coordination of cyber security incidents and threats. He noted that the CSIRT is established as a proactive step towards building trust, and safety needed for growing the digital economy.


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