NSA calls for cybersecurity awareness for government agencies

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National Security Advisor, NSA, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno directed the Cybercrime Advisory Board to embark on additional cybersecurity awareness against destructive and threatening cyberattacks for all government agencies and stakeholders involved across the country.

General Monguno gave the directive during the 9th Meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council and Launch of Cybersecurity Toolkits for MSMEs held in Abuja.

The National Security Advisor, who chaired the 9th council meeting, also tasked all relevant agencies with cybersecurity resilience and preparedness.

A statement from the Chief of Strategic Communications, Office of the National Security Advisor, ONSA, Mallam Zakari Usman, said the meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council aims to update members on activities and events since the 8th session of the council. in accordance with the national cybersecurity policy. and Strategy (NCPS) 2021 and the provisions of the Prohibition and Prevention of Cybercrime Act 2015.

The statement further notes that the Board during the meeting updated members on the successful completion of seven sector awareness workshops by NAHO between September and December 2021 and updated stakeholders on two additional sector awareness workshops on the implementation of the national cybersecurity policy. and strategy for critical organizations planned between May and June this year.

According to the statement, the council was also made aware of the launch of cybersecurity toolkits for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) by ONSA in conjunction with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office ( FCDO) aimed at protecting MSMEs against cyber threats. Regarding the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Plan, the Board was fully briefed on the measures put in place to protect telecommunications assets and ongoing efforts to educate state governments on emerging threats.

The National Security Advisor highlighted the need for effective collaboration, capacity building and information sharing to ensure a safe and resilient cyber ecosystem for the country.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan

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