Senate seeks end to misuse of cyber space

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Relevant security agencies have been told to shut down all illegal cyber centres in Nigeria, as part of measures to check abuse and protect the cyber space.

the senate revealed that Nigeria had lost about 450 million dollars to 3,500 cyber-attacks on its information and communication technology, ICT space, representing over 70 per cent of hacking attempts so far on the technology in Nigeria.

The Senate which reached at this resolution during Tuesday’s plenary, said it relied on revelations from studies to arrive at the amount, expressing worry that the government servers are currently under serious threat.

According to a motion titled, “worrisome dimension of cyber-crime and insecurity, urgent need for concerted efforts to secure Nigeria’s cyberspace,” the Senate lamented that the ICT shortfall in Nigeria was enormous.

The motion also stated that the revelations were made following the oversight findings of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime.

Senate therefore urged the National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Babagana Monguno to alert all security agencies and financial institutions about the current and threatening dimensions of cyber-attacks in Nigeria.

It also mandated its Committee on ICT and Cybercrime to immediately convoke a National Stakeholders’ Conference on Cyber Security with a view to stimulating a collective reflection among relevant stakeholders and articulating a national and broad-based approach to keeping the country ahead of the challenges.

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