ONSA to hold cybersecurity sensitisation workshops

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) is to organise cybersecurity sensitisation workshops across seven sectors from September to December this year.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by Head, Strategic Communication, ONSA, Mallam Usman Zakari.

Mallam Zakari explained that this was part of deliberation at the 7th Meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council, convened by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) held on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, “the three months workshop will cut across telecommunications, defence and security, education, finance and capital market, energy, professional organisations, the private sector and judiciary.

He added that as part of the ongoing initiatives to achieve the strategic objectives of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021, the “workshop series would provide information, strengthen cybersecurity governance and coordination, and build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on their responsibilities under the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy.

According to him, “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

“The National Cybersecurity Sensitization Programme will commence with the Defence and Security Sector on 15 and 16 September 2021. The workshops for other sectors will be conducted every fortnight till the first week of December 2021.”

He added that in addition, the meeting of the Cybercrime Advisory Council discussed the modalities for the implementation of the new National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021.

The ONSA said the deliberation was pursuant to its mandate under the Cybercrime Act 2015.

According to him, “the council deliberated on the development of a protection plan for Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) and updated the modalities for the upcoming Cybersecurity Sensitization Programme.

“Following the launch, the policy document was widely disseminated to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, private organizations and relevant stakeholders for implementation.

“The 7th Meeting of the National Advisory Council reviewed emerging risks in 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. Consequently, the Council deliberated on the development of a protection plan and guidelines for the already identified Critical National Information Infrastructure.”

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy on February 23, 2021, following the implementation and review of the maiden National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy.



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