* Says the Internet should be used for national security, economic progress
THE PRESIDENT OF ABUJA, Muhammadu Buhari, has tasked National Security Advisor, NSA, Babagana Monguno, with continuing to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that the Internet and cyberspace are used to enhance the national security and economic progress of the country.
This was what he called in favor of a review of the national strategy on cybersecurity, urging that more emphasis be placed on exploring the Internet for opportunities for economic growth, knowledge enhancement and crime mitigation.
The president, who according to a statement on Tuesday evening from his Special Advisor on Media and Advertising, Femi Adesina, spoke at the launch of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021, expressed optimism that “together, We can pave the way for creating new opportunities to lead Nigeria to a bright future powered by a prosperous cyberspace and digital economy. ”
“I urge the National Security Advisor to continue to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that our Internet and cyberspace are used to enhance national security and economic progress,” the President said at the launch of the Policy and Strategy. Cybersecurity National. (NCPS) 2021.
“I am confident that, together, we can pave the way for creating new opportunities to lead Nigeria into a bright future fueled by a prosperous cyberspace and digital economy,” the president said in the statement.
According to the statement, “The President noted that the Federal Government had taken some important political decisions to increase the penetration of the Internet in the daily lives of citizens, in particular for utilitarian purposes, with the launch of the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 in March 2020.; National digital economy policy and strategy 2020-2030; National Identity Program, Unique Treasury Account and Bank Verification Number Schemes ”.
“All of these initiatives serve as enablers to address many of the economic and security challenges facing our country while also providing us with the platform to enhance accountability and transparency in our unwavering determination to tackle corruption.
“However, as in many other countries in the world, the growth and development of the Internet is accompanied by significant problems. We are witnessing an increase in threats posed by cybercriminals, online financial scammers, and cyber terrorists who use the Internet to cause apprehension, ” the president said.
He added that the internet and social media have witnessed an increase in the spread of hate speech, fake news, seditious and traitorous messages, as well as the risks of breaches of personal information and sensitive government data.
“It is almost impossible to overstate the challenges. Some global events, such as the rapid emergence of new technologies, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the advent of 5G technology, have further expanded the scope and diversification of these cyber threats.
“ In October 2020, we all witnessed an escalation in the use of social media for the dissemination of subversive messages and incitement to violence that contributed to increased tensions, sparking riots and provoking widespread acts of looting and destruction. in all the country ”.
President Buhari said the federal government had been proactive, for the past two years, in taking steps to ensure progressive use of the internet and cyberspace.
“In 2014, the first National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy was developed to provide the necessary roadmap for the realization of our national cybersecurity program. This national effort paved the way for Nigeria to reach numerous cybersecurity milestones in the past six years.
“Therefore, in order to take advantage of this achievement and reposition ourselves for greater participation in cyberspace, it was convenient to review the 2014 National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy and develop a comprehensive 2021 National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy for the common good of our country ‘. ‘
According to the president, the 2021 National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy will provide us with the necessary platform to effectively confront the dynamic nature of threats in our cyberspace.
“The document will also provide the framework that will allow us to leverage the efforts of our private sector, academia and industry toward progressive national and economic development.
“To this end, the document will provide the platform for technical education, digital skills acquisition and indigenous technology production, thereby creating job opportunities for our youth and supporting our determination to alleviate poverty and boost our economy.”
In his remarks at the event, National Security Advisor Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) said there had been an increase in internet use, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown around the world, with increasing waves of crime, irregular migration and threats to border security.
The NSA noted that many platforms, including banking, communications and the military, had been further threatened, with personal information easily misrepresented and explored, requiring a review of the 2014 National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS).
He said the revised document will work to mitigate the “suffocating presence and unpredictable threats” of cybercrime.