ngCERT (Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team) is the National CERT for Nigeria which is domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser. Our core value is to promote the philosophy of cybersecurity research initiatives in Nigeria.

“To manage the risks of cyber threats in the Nigeria’s cyberspace and effectively coordinate incident response and mitigation strategies to proactively prevent cyber-attacks against Nigeria”

Core Functions of Nigerian CERT

  1. To establish a shared Situation Awareness platform – Coordinate information sharing at the National Level
  2. Efficiently manage and coordinate management of incident of national interest
  3. Support the National Cyber Security Strategy
  4. To provide technical support and expertise to sectorial CSIRT’s as and when required.
    International Point of contact for all Internet Security Incident in Nigeria.

Services of Nigerian CERT range from Proactive Service, Reactive Service to Security Quality Management Service.

Proactive Services

The Proactive service of ngCERT is carried out to help prepare, protect, and secure the Nigerian cyberspace in anticipation of attacks, problems, or events. These services will directly assist ngCERT to reduce the volume of future incidents. The services include:

Technology Watch

ngCERT carry out this service to monitor and observe new technical developments in Information Technology, intruder activities and related trends to help identify future threats.

Intrusion Detection Services

ngCERT monitors IDS of organizations that host information systems that are considered Critical National Information Infrastructure(CNII) to the Nigerian Government. It also review existing IDS logs and analyse in order to initiate a response for any events that meet ngCERT specified threshold.

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing

Vulnerability assessments and penetration testing is one of ngCERT’s on-demand services, perform to protect information systems that are considered Critical National Information Infrastructure(CNII) which may be owned by either public or private sectors of Nigeria. This service is designed to properly secure such information systems.


Announcements by ngCERT include but not limited to intrusion alerts, vulnerability warnings, and security advisories. Such announcements inform constituents about new developments with medium to long-term impact, such as newly found vulnerabilities or intruder tools.

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