At a Workshop on “Cyber Crime: ‘Threats and Counter Measures’“ hosted by the Commandant, National Defence College Abuja, Nigeria, the Auditor-General for the Federation Mr. Anthony M. Ayine canvassed that organizations need to take proactive measures to effectively tackle cybercrime.
Some of the measures he enunciated included the need for organizations to have effective Cyber Strategy and Policy framework in place. Local and International partnership should be pursued, he said. Talking about his Office, he said “My Office conducted a few pilot IT Audit of certain Agencies of government and the result of the exercise was that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) (especially security agencies) need to do more to secure their systems and mitigate the threats of cybercrimes.” Full text of his paper is available here.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Mongunu (rtd) (represented by the Director of External Services) and the military also warned that recent rise in cybercrime portend great threat to Nigeria’s economy and national security.
A major highlight of the 3-day (24-26 April, 2017) Workshop was the presentation of the Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, which touched on the country’s experience on tackling cybercrimes, insurgencies among others.
Officials of the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and many other agencies attended the Workshop.