The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has mandated information technology (IT) professionals to prioritize the safety and security of the country’s cyberspace.
Pantami, the chair of the occasion, made the comment virtual in a paper titled: “Imperatives of Cyber Security for a Digital Economy”.
He said the theme of the annual conference was; “Innovative systems for a digital economy” which was appropriate and in line with the needs of a growing digital economy.
He emphasized that digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship are the building blocks of a successful indigenous digital economy.
The minister explained that such an economy can only thrive in safe and secure cyberspace, adding that this is why the federal government has put in place strategies and policies to ensure that Cyber Security is prioritized.
He said the federal government had taken some initiatives to ensure the success of a digital economy and secure cyberspace.
He gave some of the initiatives such as the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), a regulatory instrument established to protect the privacy and confidentiality of citizens and the National Cyber Security Policy Strategy.
He also mentioned the creation of the Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Team (CERRT).
According to him, priority and preference should be given to cybersecurity as the capacity and quality of solutions.
He said indigenous solutions should also be deployed to address existing or emerging problems to meet minimum global requirements.
Pantami praised the Nigeria Computer Society for its consistent organization of the annual event and called for cooperation in the pursuit of safety and professionalism in the industry. He also assured that the government was willing to enforce compliance.