Speaking at the cyber security forum, executive vice chairman Dr. Eugene Juwah, Nigeria Communications Commission, has called for a clean cyberspace drive in the country in order to prepare for more Foreign Direct Investments in the country.
According to Juwah, building capacity in the area of cyber security is a necessity when it comes to the development of a sustainable and proactive cyber security culture.
Juwah stated that, “The reason the commission implemented the open access model for deployment of broadband services in the country.”
According to vanguardngr.com, Juwah admitted that the cyberspace has become an integral part of modern information society, vast amount of information is available in different formats for end users globally.
Juway noted that because of this, fraud, theft and forgery exist online just as they are prevalent on normal daily activity, warning that if users are to benefit from full advantages on the internet, there is need for building confidence in the information infrastructure as primary and utmost importance.
According to Vanguardngr, he stressed that cyber threats like malware, cyber harassment, Child molestation, spoofing, phishing, spam, pharming, viruses, Trojans, worms child online phonograph and spyware are becoming extremely sophisticated that it takes users with in depth knowledge and skill to manipulate the system.
3 years ago the NCC created a new department, which was responsible for all issues relating to information securityand capacity building in information technology through the accelerated digital awareness program for tertiary institutions, ADAPTI, program. This commission was fully involved in the formulation of the national cyber security bill and other similar initiatives, coordinated by the office of the national security adviser.
Furthermore, in addition to capacity building, the NCC has said to have improved on its equipment authorisation process. This was to prevent further security loopholes in telecom hardware and software.
There is need for collaborative effort by relevant government agencies towards the implementation of domain name system security extension (DNSSEC) on the top level of domain name system in other to address identified vulnerability of the DNS system.
“This DNSSEC provides an additional level of security that can strengthen trust in the internet by helping to protect browsers from redirection to fraudulent websites through effective integrity and authenticity checks on DNS protocols.”