NCC identifies cybercrime as major threat to telecoms

OrderPaperToday – The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, has identified cybercrime as the biggest threat to the development of the telecommunications sector.

Danbatta noted that the NCC is exhausting all options in combating cybercrime, including collaboration with international and local partners to beat the menace.

The EVC made the disclosure in a speech he gave at the opening ceremony of the 27th session of the African Regional Internet Registry AFRINIC.

The event was tagged: Taking the African Internet to the Next Level through Policy, Collaboration and Education.

Danbatta stated that “as the internet evolves, so also does cybercrime. This remains an immense challenge for internet development in Africa and the entire world; crucial collaboration within sub-regional and regional needed and this is the key in preventing and mitigating cyber attracts.

“Nationally, NCC is partnering with relevant agencies to provide proactive measures in mitigating cybercrime.

“The Commission is setting up a Sectorial Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) center that will collaborate with the ngCERT (domicile in the office of the NSA), in tackling issues that relate to the telecommunications industry in the fight against cybercrime.

“On the international level, Nigeria through NCC, is partnering with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to set up Africa Regional Cybersecurity Center (RCC) in Abuja. The center will be used for Africa Regional Cybersecurity information sharing (cyber-attacks, threats, malwares and viruses etc) and also to train countries within the Africa sub-region on Cybersecurity related issues.”

Prof. Danbatta also reiterated the regulatory agency’s commitment to achieve the 30% broadband penetration, as he informed the audience of the steady strides the commission has managed to accomplished.

He added that the commission prized collaboration with stakeholders to achieve it goals as contained in the 8-point agenda, further stating that the commission is providing the enabling environment to encourage investor to participate in the sector.

According to the NCC boss, “the growth of the internet industry in Africa, comes with the challenge of sustaining its development to ensure that the industry maintains global relevance and contends with challenges of low Internet penetration.

“To stimulate this growth and harness the opportunities of technological advancement, massive investment in internet infrastructures is needed, particularly broadband, which will enable job creation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. This can be achieved through sustainable policies and collaborative efforts.

“Broadband access is key to any national development agenda, and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2013 has set a target of 30% penetration by 2018, The Commission (NCC) recognizes its prime responsibility in the actualization of the NBP, as one of the strategic objectives revered in its 8-Point Agenda, “facilitation of broadband penetration” which will enable the NCC meet and even surpass the 30% target of broadband penetration in the country by 2018.

“It is acknowledged that taking Internet to the next level, requires collaboration, education and sensitization. The NCC is therefore committed to supporting the African Internet industry as much as possible with provision of good regulatory policies in Nigeria, which will ensure availability, affordability and accessibility to high speed internet that would drive emerging technologies and deployment of more services.”

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