NSA convenes advisory council meeting after outcry


The National Security Adviser, (NSA) Babagana Monguno, on Monday in Abuja convened a meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council in apparent response to concerns over its seeming inactivity over the years.

The council was set up in 2016 and tasked with checking rising cybercrimes and formulating programmes for implementing the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how some experts had raised concerns over Nigeria’s inability to respond to possible cyberthreats, questioning the efficiency of the country’s lead advisory team and the management of its dedicated fund.

While Nigeria is yet to face a significant cyber attack, experts say the country does not need to wait until that happens before it takes action. They argue that with growing incidents of cybercrimes globally, structures put in place to address such threats need to be functional and funds judiciously used.

Concerns

The newspaper had reported concerns raised over the (in)efficiency of the council and the management of the multibillion naira cyber-security fund set up by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2018 which is funded by levies from online…



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