By Lillian Chukwu
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Israel is to collaborate on bilateral plans to combat increasing challenges of cybercrimes which is also a deterrent to the positive telecommunications development in both countries.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta agreed during a courtesy visit by an Israeli Embassy team in Abuja over the weekend that it was imperative to enhance cyber security to protect and improve the telecommunication ecosystem.
Danbatta, according to the Commission’s website commended the team for the bilateral relationship between the two nations and called for collaboration in the areas of Information Communication Technology stated that the Commission will welcome any partnership to mitigate challenges of Cyber crime, security and privacy matters in the app sector of the telecom ecosystem to address impersonations and safety nets to manage online media database.
Director, Africa Department II, West and Central Africa at the Emabssy of Israe, Barnea Hassid noted that the visit was primarily to discuss areas of collaboration and interest to the Commission, importantly cybersecurity and how to address issues of cyber crimes
He stated that cybercrimes is often known to result from convergence of Internet devices, hacking of online financial transactions and channels of electronic transactions, online impersonation and terrorism which utilizes internet to connect members globally.
Hassid further stated that the Embassy has met with the Nigerian Governors Forum and discussed matters of importance that require Government attention and bilateral agreements between the two countries.