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Digital economy minister, others seek multi-sector approach to combat cybersecurity

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami who delivered the lead paper noted that combating cybersecurity in Nigeria requires a collective effort that demands a multi-sector approach by all stakeholders, according to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.

Pantami, who spoke at the Pan African Digital Initiative Summit & Expo (P.A.D.I.S.E) 2022 in Lagos noted that every component of society from the government at the highest level to private individuals has a role to play in achieving secure cyberspace.

The seminal conference had the theme: Leveraging the Right Policies and Technologies in Taming Insecurity and Cyber Threats.

“Many intelligent learning techniques, like deep learning and reinforcement learning, are now being added to cybersecurity systems to make them safer and better at protecting privacy for both personal and ubiquitous systems,” the minister said.

The minister who was represented at the event by the Head of Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) Unit at NITDA, Lawan Mohammed, noted that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change security and the way cyber-attacks are tackled.

On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta observed that it would be beneficial to establish partnerships and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to improve security. He revealed that efforts are already underway including initiatives such as linking NIN with SIMs, the Cybersecurity incidence team and the Internet Code of Practice among others.

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Danbatta was represented by the Director of Digital Economy at the NCC, Austine Nwanoli at the event.

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule in his keynote presentation, said “In considering how to leverage the right policies and technologies in taming insecurity and cyber-threats, one word that comes to mind is vulnerabilities.

“The scale of ransomware attacks and the large scope of threats shows that no organization, no state, no company is immune.”

He added that we must train and retrain ourselves, collaborate with partners and work to mitigate the threats. Shehu Ibrahim, DG, Bureau for ICT, Nasarawa State, who represented the governor insisted that technology can solve insecurity.

The Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Folashade Jaji  in her goodwill message praised is Excellency, Governor Babajide SanwoOlu for T.H.E.M.E.S Development agenda, which stands for Transportation & Traffic Management, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism, Security and Governance. Security, she noted, is a cardinal pillar for this administration.

She revealed that the government has a lot of initiatives in the works to tackle insecurity including the Unmanned Area Vehicle (UAV) for the Geo-mapping of the State’s landscape and to manage emergency, security and disaster recovery management amongst others.

In addition, cameras are being deployed on major routes for better traffic management and security of road users across Lagos State. Tolani Oshodi, Permanent secretary, cabinet office of the SSG, represented the SSG.

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