The need to have robust cyber security laws have always been in the mind of the policy makers in the country. As the world keep evolving and the security breaches and threats in the virtual world keep getting more sophisticated, the need to have an updated cyber security laws have become more imminent and imperative. Having this in mind, Information Technology experts, cyber security firms and industry stakeholders would be having a deep conversation on the need to push the extant cyber security laws to be in tandem with the global current realities now that organisations would be investing massively in the IT infrastructure.

Having said this, Chioma Iwuagwu, the Managing Director of CyberDome and Eyal Titinger, a  Partner at CyberDome will be speaking at the forthcoming international conference on Cybersecurity holding at the NAF Conference centre.

Speaking on the importance of National Cybersecurity, Chioma Iwuagwu opined “National CERTs / CSOCs need to become autonomous and proactive players in controlling and securing their digital sovereignty. This does not mean that organizations or individuals can abandon or even loosen their “local” cyber security layers; it just means that nations need to build an orthogonal security layer, on top of the existing “local” security layers.”

In line with Chioma’s position, Eyal added that “The proliferations of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), along with the exponential growth of the attack surface and cyber threats, are forcing nations to become active players in the cyber security game. Since 2010, many countries are experiencing a paradigm shift; governments can no longer suffice in protecting only their IT infrastructure; they need to regulate and oversee the cyber security on a nationwide perspective. Thus, governments, throughout the world, have established offices (such as agencies, authorities, committees) to oversee their overall cyber security preparedness and are deploying or expanding national CERT/s.”

On digital sovereignty, Eyal added that “In a nutshell, CyberSecurity will be such  a system should be a robust, scalable and comprehensive platform, enabling governments to fulfil their digital sovereignty; it should proactively collect intelligence, provide an overall situation awareness, screen and secure national infrastructure, critical services and assets, and ensure the business continuity, the welfare and lives within the nation’s boundaries.”

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“With the magnitude of tolls resulting from sophisticated cyber-attacks, governments could not avoid moving forward and get involved in their homeland cyber security. Nevertheless, the level of insights is progressing slowly, typically lagging behind the evolution of technology and threats. Governments’ involvement started with the attempt to regulate only nationwide critical infrastructure; soon after, government realized that second tier critical sector should also be addressed. Today it’s apparent that the whole cyber globe is actually connected and that is what we should be addressing at the conference”, Eyal quipped.

The event is being organised and sponsored by the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime which will be held at NAF Conference centre, Kado from 12th to 14th October, 2020. Themed “The Growth Of Digital Technology And The Challenge Of Cybercrime: Urgent Need To Safeguard The Future Of Nigeria” will be addressing the growing trends in cybercrime and the need to protect critical infrastructures in the country.

Anthony Emeka Nwosu

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