The NCC-CSIRT has an overall mandate of to ensure continuous enhancement of processes and communication frameworks to ensure secure and collaborative exchange of information while responding to cyber threats and issues within the sector.
Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, described the Center as a strategic step in enhancing cybersecurity in Nigeria and he also commended the Board of NCC led by Danbatta of the Commission for ensuring successful implementation of the project.
He noted that it is an important milestone for telecommunications industry in Nigeria, the commissioning. He described it as a significant approach in the support of national efforts at protecting the information and communication technology infrastructure in the country.
The Minister added that the creation of Center is in line with the provisions made by National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) document released by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
“It was updated and launched in February 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari. The policy is there to ensure that each sector is supposed to establish a sectoral Computer Incident Response Team (CSIRT) that will provide requisite services to constituents within that sector,” the Minister said.
The Commission acknowledges that relentless attention is required to protect Internet users due to the borderless nature of the incidents. It is also important in order to ensure resilience of Critical National Information Infrastructure, Danbatta said.
The EVC stressed that the NCC-CSIRT has been set up to operate within the framework of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and NCPS to provide assistance to the Nigerian communications sector with the coordination of cyber security incidents and threats. He stated that the CSIRT is established as a conscious step towards building trust, and providing the safety needed for growing the digital economy.
The Danbatta said that the CSIRT’s services will resume with four main thrusts: incident management, communication, monitoring, and alert/warning.
As the Centre’s operations grow, the devices for handling these areas will be expanded in order to improve the digital economy and ensure it yields great dividends to the Nigerian citizens.
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