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Cybersecurity, essential for Nigeria’s digital asset protection — Inuwa

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The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, has restated the importance of cyber security in the protection of digital assets in the country.

Mr Inuwa made this known during a working visit to Data Sixth, an IT defense operation centre that focuses on cybersecurity intelligence in Lagos.

According to Mr Inuwa, NITDA is prioritising cybersecurity because it is one of the seven pillars of the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan, SRAP 2021-2024.

While noting that the SRAP 2021-2024 roadmap would strengthen the cyber space and create a safe and reliable digital economy, the NITDA Boss expressed his optimism that synergizing with Data Sixth would go a long way in combating cyber threats in the country.

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Mr Inuwa emphasised the importance of monitoring conversations on the web where cybercriminals plan their attacks.

“The ability to monitor these conversations will prevent a large number of cyber-attacks and enable the defense team,” he said.

In her remarks, the Country Manager of the Data Sixth, Happiness Obioha, told Mr Inuwa that the centre has proactive technology which could be deployed in reducing cybersecurity threats in work environments.

She said: “We have the technology that identifies threats and prevents it from manifesting with advanced threat hunting solutions.”

She further added that the Centre has skilled cybersecurity experts who are dedicated to providing expertise in security and risk consulting.

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Other services the Centre provides, according to her, included managed security services, managed detection and quick response with their Cyber Defense Operations Centre, CSOC, as well as IT security audit and penetration testing.

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