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Business News of Thursday, 11 November 2021


NCC assures Nigerians on responsive regulations for sustainable growth of digital economy

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has assured Nigerians of NCC’s commitment towards boosting the nation’s digital economy through responsive regulations.

Danbatta gave this assurance at the commission’s 2021 Annual Cybersecurity conference, organised in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, in Abuja recently.

The theme of the event was, “Building Trust in the Digital Economy through Cybersecurity and Sensitization on the Implementation of the National Cybersecurity policy and Strategy (NCPS).”

Danbatta who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management at NCC, Adewolu Adeleke, said the commission would continue to be at the forefront of ensuring sound cybersecurity culture built on people, process and technology to bolster digital economy in Nigeria.

Emphasising the centrality of information sharing with stakeholders, Danbatta urged telecom consumers and the public to take advantage of NCC’s pervasive communications campaign planned to create awareness and sensitise the public about the wiles of cyber criminals.

According to Danbatta, “Our various cybersecurity awareness initiatives and campaigns are helping the public to understand the risks in digital space and how to reduce the vulnerabilities that adversaries can benefit from. Our collective resolve is to continuously boost trust and confidence in our digital economy by ensuring adherence to sound cybersecurity culture and hygiene, internally and with external partners as well as stakeholders.”

He analysed the increasing dynamics in the digital space by informing the audience that the commission recognises the importance of ensuring and instituting appropriate cybersecurity measures to derive meaningful gains from the emergent digital economy.

“The growth of digital economies is changing how “trust” is valued by institutions, businesses, and the public. The increase in technological advancement has also resulted in increase in cybercrimes, as well as identity theft and fake news campaigns that have introduced fresh dimensions that affect the notion of trust in the digital era,” Danbatta said.

He stated that trust and confidentiality would promote a healthy digital environment, as gleaned from global best practices in order to guarantee the privacy and integrity of digital data.

He said to improve digital trust and confidentiality, the digital economy should be built on trusted technologies and partnerships, ensuring strong cybersecurity that rides on public’s confidence, security, privacy and safety to bolster responsive regulations, transparency, accountability and digital governance.

Danbatta called on cybersecurity stakeholders to key into the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021, and accelerate the adoption of its various components as cybersecurity is a collective responsibility and no single government, business or individual is immune or can do it alone.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), who was represented by the Director, Communications at Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Brigadier General Samad Akesode, recognised the commitment of the NCC in creating awareness on the implementation of national cybersecurity policy and promised even greater collaboration of ONSA with the NCC on the nation’s cybersecurity drive.

The event was attended by the academia, including the Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Chairman and other members of NCC Board of Commissioners, representatives of Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and representatives of Directors General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).