In this context, government has developed a National Cybersecurity Strategy as cohesive national
measures towards addressing the challenges. These measures contain strategic initiatives and
programs that are aligned with the national doctrines, principles, vision, goals and objectives as
enshrined in the National Cybersecurity Policy. The strategy recognizes three key approaches to
a successful national cybersecurity engagement: public private sector partnership; stakeholders’
collaborations and international cooperation. Our commitment is to ensure continuity of government in the advent of cyber threat emergency, safeguard critical information infrastructure, and nurture national cybersecurity readiness through the engagement of all stakeholders.
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This document therefore examines the strategic imperative of a national cybersecurity strategy.
It highlights various strategies that will be used to implement the measures outlined in
the new National Cybersecurity Policy.
These include the following:
• The development and implementation of appropriate legal framework, with initiatives that will allow for the identification and prosecution of cybercrimes that impact Nigeria regardless of whether they originate within Nigeria or are launched from outside of the country. It encompasses training the judiciary, security and law enforcement agencies, seeking international co-operation, public and private sector co-operation and public awareness programmes. It also introduces a special focus on data protection, privacy and lawful interception.
• Establishment of a National Incidents Management Strategy which outlines the commissioning of a National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and introduces the roadmap for implementing Detective, Preventative and Response capabilities to deal with cybercrime activities.
• The strategy for Protecting Critical information Infrastructures including shared responsibility between government and owner operators of critical infrastructure. It also highlights the ways in which early warning, detection, reaction and crisis management will be assessed, developed and implemented to provide a proactive readiness to react to and deal with threats towards Nigeria’s Critical
• The strategy seeks to ensure the development of information security assurance and monitoring plan. It includes a new national mechanism on cybersecurity assurance, adoption of fit for purpose standards for Governance, Risk and Control, Core Assurance Capabilities, National Enterprise Architecture
Framework. It also endorses the adoption of application security testing as well as the adoption of a Balanced Scorecard Framework for cybersecurity.
• The introduction of a sustainable strategy to develop, maintain and ensure Nigerians are informed and equipped to deal with cybersecurity events by establishing a mechanism for Cybersecurity Skill and Manpower Development initiatives. These initiatives will be driven through public-private partnership. It introduces a model for certification of individuals to ensure quality of competence in the field of cybersecurity relevant to the nation.• The strategy for protecting Nigerian Children from Online Child Exploitation and Sexual Abuse includes initiatives, such as the national awareness programmes through multi-stakeholder engagement, and international cooperation in the countermeasures.
• The Strategy on Public-Private Partnership highlights the need for inter-agency collaboration with private sector. It engages the framework for a public and private partnership in developing a cohesive response to mitigating cyber-risk.
In conclusion, The National Internet Safety initiative is aimed at providing general public awareness, education, and advocacy through multi-stakeholders’ engagement, development of local tools, training software and applications in Internet safety and security readiness. It provides mechanism for gauging the nation’s cyber security posture.