Check - ONSA, Microsoft move against cybercrime menace in Nigeria

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IN a renewed drive to tackle headlong the menacingly advancing cybercrime challenge in Nigeria, platforms and productivity services giant, Microsoft Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja joined forces with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and other industry stakeholders, to organise the first ever National Cybersecurity Capacity Building Workshop with the theme Balancing Cybersecurity Risks, Innovation and National Security.
With over N159 billion lost by Nigerians through online scam and identity theft between 2000 and 2013 as well as 2,175 websites defaced within the same period, the national cybersecurity capacity building workshop is a timely education and awareness intervention for security and law enforcement and other ICT regulatory agencies in Nigeria.
In his welcome speech at the opening of the two-day event, the National Security Adviser, Major Babagana Monguno, represented by the Director of Internal Security in the office, Barrister. Isaac Idu, said the cyberspace virtual global domain while dismantling barriers to commerce, is increasingly transforming our economy and security posture, creating opportunities for innovations and the means to improve general welfare of the citizens.
However, he said computers and the Internet represent the fastest growing technology tools used by criminals to comprise sensitive data, networks and systems thereby causing extensive loss to national economies as well as posing challenging threats of cyber terrorism among nations.
Conscious of the diversity of implications of the nation’s risk exposure in cyberspace, he disclosed that the Federal Government as a matter of urgency put in place cohesive measures towards addressing the emerging risks effectively, which included; development of the Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy documents; establishment of the Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act 2015, among others.
Since Cybersecurity had taken the dimension of global phenomena which requires concerted efforts of both the private and public strategy to tame it, Monguno expressed happiness that Microsoft as a key partner is aligning itself with ONSA to provide a secure online space in the country as part of efforts to ensure security strategy to secure the cyber space.

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