National Security Advisor (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) chaired the ninth meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council, during which he gave a directive for additional cybersecurity awareness for the parties stakeholders and launched cybersecurity toolkits for MSMEs.
Monguno also tasked relevant agencies with cybersecurity resilience and preparedness.
In a statement detailing the results of the meeting, NSA Office Strategic Communications Manager Zakari Usman said, “The Cybercrime Advisory Council meeting held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 updated members on the activities and events since the 8th meeting. Council in accordance with the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021 and the provisions of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015.
“The Board was briefed on the successful completion of seven sector outreach workshops by the Office of the National Security Adviser between September and December 2021 and updated stakeholders on two additional sector outreach workshops on the implementation of the policy National Cybersecurity and Strategy for Critical Organizations planned between May and June 2022.
“The Cybercrime Advisory Council has also been made aware of the launch of Cybersecurity Toolkits for Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by ONSA in conjunction with the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) aimed at protecting MSMEs against cyber threats. The pilot launch of the toolkit in February 2022 was achieved with over 200 SMEs in attendance, while the main launch of the toolkit is scheduled for April 5, 2022.
“The Council was further informed that the toolkits would be available to be used to protect the online activities of over 41 million MSMEs that operate in Nigeria.
“In terms of protecting critical national information infrastructures, the Board was briefed on measures to protect telecommunications assets and on-going efforts to educate state governments on emerging threats.
“The Board was further informed of two workshops held on Critical National Information Infrastructure Protection in collaboration with the UK FCDO, and a capacity building workshop held from 31 January to 1 February 2022, on the development of a national cybersecurity risk assessment.
“The Office of the National Security Adviser briefed members on the ongoing gap analysis to identify the capacity gap among relevant law enforcement agencies under the Cybercrime Act 2015 to guide the future capacity building efforts.
“As part of the measures to address emerging cyber threats intensified by the Russia-Ukraine crisis, ngCERT has intensified its routine monitoring activities and notices to relevant stakeholders and organized a sectoral meeting of incident response teams information security on March 29, 2022, to facilitate the coordination of incident management. , improve reporting and strengthen the information sharing mechanism.
“The meeting received several reports from sub-committees and the Council also approved the establishment of a committee to facilitate the amendment of the Cybercrime Act 2015. The National Security Adviser stressed the need for a collaboration, capacity building and information sharing to ensure a secure and resilient cyber ecosystem for Nigeria.