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National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) chaired the ninth meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council, during which he issued a directive on additional sensitivity to cybersecurity for stakeholders and launched cybersecurity toolkits for MSMEs. .

Monguno also accused the relevant agencies of resilience and readiness for cyber security.

In a statement detailing the outcome of the meeting, NSA Chief of Strategic Communications Zakari Usman said: “The Cybercrime Advisory Council meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2022, briefed members on the activities and events of the 8th Council meeting. in accordance with the National Cyber ​​Security Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021 and the provisions of the Cybercrime Law (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) of 2015.

“The Council was informed of the successful completion of seven sectoral awareness workshops by the Office of National Security Advisers between September and December 2021 and briefed stakeholders on two additional sectoral awareness workshops on the implementation of the National Cyber ​​Security Policy and Critical Organizations Strategy planned. from May to June 2022.

The Cybercrime Advisory Council was also briefed on the launch of a set of cybersecurity tools for micro and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) by ONSA in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) to protect MSMEs from cyber threats. The pilot launch of the toolkit in February 2022 was conducted in the presence of over 200 small and medium enterprises, while the main launch of the toolkit is scheduled for April 5, 2022.

“The Council was further informed that the toolkits will be available for use to protect the online activities of over 41 million MSMEs operating in Nigeria.

“On the occasion of the Critical National Information Infrastructure Protection Plan, the Council was informed about the measures for the protection of telecommunication means and the ongoing efforts to sensitize the governments of the states about the new threats.

“The Council was further briefed on two workshops held on critical national information infrastructure protection in cooperation with the UK FCDO, and on a capacity building workshop held from 31 January to 1 February 2022 on the National Cyber ​​Security Risk Assessment.

“The Office of National Security Advisers briefed members on an ongoing gap analysis to identify capacity gaps among relevant law enforcement agencies under the Cybercrime Law Act 2015 to guide future capacity building efforts.

“As part of measures to address new cyber threats exacerbated by the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, ngCERT has increased its routine monitoring and advisory activities to relevant stakeholders and held a sector meeting of computer security incident response teams on March 29, 2022, to facilitate coordination incident management. , improve reporting and strengthen the information exchange mechanism.

“Several reports from the subcommittee were received at the meeting, and the Council also approved the establishment of a committee to facilitate the amendment of the Cybercrime Law Act 2015. The National Security Adviser stressed the need for cooperation, capacity building and information exchange to ensure secure and resilient cyber ecosystem for Nigeria. ”

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