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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

NSA raises alarm over cyber crime

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By Evelyn Okakwu

The Nigerian government has designated  cyber security as a matter of national security priority with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

A statement from the office of the NSA  Mohammed Sambo Dasuki said the Federal Government made the matter known in a public forum organised in Lagos to draw the attention of stakeholders to the increasing rate of cyber crimes in the country.

Dasuki called on stake holders to advocate proactive approach towards tackling the increasing cases of cybercrime  The statement further said Dasuki had highlighted the importance of tackling the problem during a Cybersecurity Forum in Lagos. He said the FG was prepared to work closely with stakeholders to tackle te problem of cyber crime proactively He added that experiences from other jurisdictions have shown that success of national cybersecurity initiatives can best be achieved by adopting a coordinated and integrated approach encompassing Law; Technology; Institutional Capacity Building; Private Sector Partnership (PPP) and the International Law Enforcement Cooperation.

Giving an overview of the Draft National Cybersecurity Strategy in Nigeria, Ambassador Haruna Wando, Director of Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser said that with the growth of Computer technology in Nigerian businesses and personal life, Computer based crimes have also been on the increase “The telecommunication and banking industry have been the worst hit by this menace due to its high dependence on the internet and its many online tools.

Traditionally, Nigerian Cyber-crime activities appear to be only limited to money fraud Internet based crimes. The recent trend of web defacement or hijacking and e-mail scams has now changed this perception. Web bullying instances are on the rise in the country, especially with the coming into being of social networking websites like facebook and twitter.

The office has also established National Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Mechanism with Early Warning System (EWS) and Alerts for all cyber related emergencies in the country.

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