The Federal Government has announced plans to implement the new National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021.
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) announced plans for the implementation at the end of the 7th Meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council which was convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) on Monday.
According to the statement issued by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and signed by the Head, Strategic Communication, Mr. Zakari Usman, the council in pursuant to its mandate under the Cybercrime Act 2015, discussed the modalities for the implementation of the new National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021.
The council deliberated on the development of a protection plan for Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) and updated the modalities for the upcoming cybersecurity sensitisation program.
“The 7th Meeting of the National Advisory Council reviewed emerging risks in the cyberspace and discussed modalities to facilitate and strengthen ongoing initiatives towards the implementation of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021.
“The Office of the National Security Adviser updated the council on the identification, designation and protection of critical national information infrastructure as specified in the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Protection etc.) Act 2015,” it said.
The council also deliberated on the development of a protection plan and guidelines for the already identified critical national information infrastructure.
It stated that as part of ongoing initiatives to achieve the strategic objectives of the NCPS 2021, the ONSA briefed the council on the progress made towards the planning of the three-month cybersecurity sensitisation workshops across seven sectors which includes telecommunications, defense and security, education, finance and capital market, energy, professional organisations, the private sector and judiciary. The three-month cybersecurity sensitization workshop will commence from September 15 and 16 to December 2021.
It said, “The workshop series will provide information, strengthen cybersecurity governance and coordination, and build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on their responsibilities under the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy. “The workshops will also sensitise stakeholders on the expected deliverables, projected timelines and key performance indicators as required in the action plan for the strategy implementation.”
President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) on February 23, 2021, following the implementation and review of the maiden National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy.