The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has inaugurated an incidence response facility aimed at addressing incidences of cybercrimes, protecting telecoms infrastructure and encouraging increased participation in the land’s digital economic system.
The NCC Midpoint for Computer Security Incident Response is the Commission’s industry-specific intervention, whose objectives are aligned to the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) published by the Business office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The NCPS requires each sector to institute a computer incident response squad that provides requisite services to the stakeholders and players within each sector.
The overall mandate of the NCC-CSIRT is to ensure continual improvement of processes and communication frameworks to guarantee the secure and collaborative exchange of timely information piece responding to cyber threats within the sector.
Speaking during the commissioning of the projection in Abuja at the weekend, the Government minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, described the Midpoint as a strategic stair in boosting cybersecurity in Nigeria and commended the Board of NCC and Danbatta-led Direction of the Commission for ensuring successful implementation of the projection.
Pantami famous that the commissioning of the facility marks an important milestone in the telecommunication industry in Nigeria, and described it as a important degree in the back up of national efforts at protecting the information and communication engineering infrastructure in the country.
“The creation of the Midpoint is in line with the provisions of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) document published by the Business office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which was latterly updated and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in Feb 2021. In keeping with the principles enshrined in the policy, each sector is expected to institute a sectoral Computer Incident Response Squad (CSIRT) that provides requisite services to the constituents within that sector,” the Government minister said.
In his address at the case, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said considering the increasing growth in internet usage, particularly as a outcome of the outbreak of the pandemic, the Commission observed a rising in cyber incidents and criminal activities.
“Thus, the Commission recognises that with the borderless nature and pervasiveness of these incidences, relentless and concerted attending is required to protect Internet users as good as the Critical National Information Infrastructure and ensure they are resilient”, Danbatta said.
The EVC emphasised that the NCC-CSIRT has been structured to function within the framework of the NCPS and the National Digital Economic system Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) to assist the Nigerian communications sector with the direction and coordination of cyber security incidents and threats. He famous that the CSIRT is established as a proactive stair towards building trust, and security needed for growing the digital economic system.
“The CSIRT’s services will commence with 4 main thrusts, namely: monitoring, incident direction, communication, and alert and warning. The devices for handling these 4 areas will be scaled upward and expanded as the Centre’s operations grow in enjoin to raise the digital economic system and ensure it yields great dividends to the Nigerian citizens,” Danbatta said.
Danbatta explained that the key mandates of the CSIRT, which will be achieved through a collaborative elbow grease with relevant stakeholders, organisations and agencies, include assisting the sector in the defence and response to major cyber threats and attacks targeted at the members within the sector, providing information, technical as good as policy advisories to the constituency to strengthen the defensive and response capabilities to cyber threats. The Centre is also to liaise with other sectoral CSIRTs as good as local and international security frameworks to protect the communications sector and the full general wellbeing of the Nigerian people.
Other mandates of the NCC-CSIRT, highlighted by Danbatta, are to supply guidance and direction for the constituents in dealing with issues relating to the security of critical infrastructure in their possession; and to periodically assess, review and collate the threat landscape, risks, and opportunities affecting the communications sector and provide advice to relevant stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Full general Babagana Monguno (Retd), who was represented at the case by Brigadier Full general, Samad Akesode, has also acknowledged the establishment of NCC CSIRT as a clear demonstration of the Commission’s resolve to bring together hands with the Federal Regime in mitigating whatever risk that will emanate as the country embraces advanced engineering to facilitate digital transformation in the country.
According to Monguno, by establishing the CSIRT, the NCC has taken a stair that could only be described as impeccable and timely, and in conformity with the highest standards and international best practise which aligns with the requirement of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Human action, 2015.”
The leadership of the National Assembly, including the Chairman, Senate Commission on Communications, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the Chairman, Commission on Telecommunication in the House of Representatives, Akeem Adeyemi also profoundly applauded the Danbatta-led NCC for taking a leading place for sectoral implementation of the NCPS and improving the security of the cyberspace for all.
Others, who delivered goodwill messages, commended the Commission and spoke in relation to the significance of the CSIRT projection to the national economic system and national security, including the Permanent Secretarial assistant, Federal Ministry building of Communications and Digital Economic system, Mr. Bitrus Nabasu as good as other heads of agencies in the Ministry building.
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