Cyberspace Centre Advocates Inclusion of Cyber Defence in National Security Agenda

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cyberspaceThe Centre for Cyberspace on Friday urged the Federal Government to include cyber defence and resilience in the national security agenda.

This is contained in a document made available in Abuja to newsmen by Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, of the Centre for Cyberspace Studies, Nassarawa State Universatity.

According to Dandaura, cyberspace is the notional environment in which communication over computer network occurs.

He said that there was an urgent concern for Nigeria to gain and maintain superiority in the cyberspace.

He said that it was important because cyberspace was borderless and nations who were able to leverage the potential of cyberspace could afford significant influence and control globally.

He said that this made it imperative that the protection of cyber space against criminality was becoming the integral mission of every national security.

“The cyberspace, an artificial man-made space is an outcome of a formal Research and Development (R&D).
“The explosion of innovations, advancements, and enterprises are still brain child of rigorous R&D across the globe.

“However, the gains of this new platform are being undermined by wrong exploitation of its capability to the impairment and harm of others by criminal minded people.

“It is therefore imperative that the protection of cyberspace against criminality is becoming the integral mission of every national security.’’

According to Dandaura, this emerging trend predict that there cannot be a more pivotal time to begin constructive and meaningful engagement to build the capability to defend, detect, and respond proportionately to cybercrimes than now.

He said that cybercrime, sabotage, terrorism and espionage could be curbed through informed process.

He said that this called for a constant commitment to research, education, training and equipping of stakeholders to prevail over the challenges in the disputed domain of cyberspace.

The don said that it was in consonance with the above reasons, that the Centre for Cyberspace Studies, Nassarawa State University in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency with other organisations were organising a conference.

He said that the conference tagged: CyberAbuja 2015 with the theme: “Cyberspace Governance: The Imperative for National and Economic Security’’ would hold from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7.

He said that the conference would focus on three key areas which are: Innovations, Cyber-criminality and Cyber security.

Dandaura said that CyberAbuja 2015 was Nigeria’s maiden international cyberspace platform, which would feature more than 30 leading experts from all sectors.

He said that it would also have more than 700 delegates participating from all works of life

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