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Deficient Database, Poor Expertise Hinder Nigeria Cybersecurity – Danbatta

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Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta said incomplete or deficient database of Nigerians and poor technical manpower are the major impediments to Cybersecurity in the country.

 

Dambatta was speaking in Lagos yesterday  in Lagos on the theme: “Mitigating Cyber Threats in the Digital Ages” at the Cyber Secure Nigeria 2018 Conference organized  by Cyber Security Experts Association of  Nigeria.

 

The EVC, who was represented by the Commission’s Zonal Controller, Mr. Henry Ojiokpota, said “absence of comprehensive and reliable demographic and biometric database . Insufficient expertise in the area of Cyber and information security.”

Other challenges facing the country in the fight against cybercrime are “insufficient inter-agency, regional and international collaboration. Lack of effective and functional forensic labs, techniques and manpower to match the speed, anonymity and fleeting nature of evidence in cybercrime investigation.”

 

The stakeholders agree that because money has moved to digital platform crime has also moved. Therefore Nigeria’s efforts to curb crime must match the pace cyber criminals.

 

He added that the championing of the SIM card registration project, which matches each SIM card with a biometric identity, serves as a key database on which government controls crime in the society.

 

“The dynamic nature of cyber terrorism threats demand that our capabilities be continually refined to provide the most effective containment strategy. Thus, we are implementing the National Cyber Security Strategy. We have also established a Cyber Security Incidence Responses Team (CSIRT) exclusively for the telecommunications sector.”

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