The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has urged the armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies to exploit more of cyber technology in their quest to safeguard national security.
Monguno, made the call at the Defence Space Administration (DSA) Cyber Security Awareness Day 2021 with the theme, “Developing Cyber Capabilities for the Enhancement of Armed Forces of Nigeria Operations and National Security” on Thursday, in Abuja.
The NSA was represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Amb. Aminu Lawal.
He said that Nigeria, like several other countries across the globe was currently witnessing a surge in digital transformation with many new activities migrating to the Internet especially with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.
NSA stated that Nigeria’s cyberspace had become a centre stage for new business innovations, governance and social interactions.
He said that the trend had created an opportunity for government to redefine its national objectives and address some of the major developmental challenges currently facing the country, including the emergence of new forms of criminality and terrorism perpetrated through the cyberspace.
According to him, the transformation is a vital priority for the armed forces and security agencies because of the enormous benefits they stand to derive from the cyberspace.
“It is pertinent to note that digital transformation in the armed forces is no longer about innovation but is considered as culture because of the exponential rates of accepting technology and its dynamism.
“The use of the cyberspace is increasingly impacting almost every aspect of our lives as a country and armed forces of the world exploit its benefits to transform their economies and operations.
“Also, the cyberspace is fast evolving, creating technologies, dismantling barriers to commerce, security and allowing seamless communication across borders for people to collaborate and share information,” he said.
Monguno said that cyberspace had been regarded as the fifth domain and newest theatre of warfare after land, sea, air and space, adding that conflicts in cyberwar were rarely military-on-military because of its borderless nature.
He, however, said there was need for the military through DSA in collaboration with ONSA to consolidate and redouble efforts for a more resilient infrastructure, enhanced capacity against cyberattacks and sustainable service delivery.
He commended DSA for organising the event to discuss ways to create opportunities from the nation’s cyber space for economic and operational planning.
Earlier, the Chief of Defence Space Administration (CDSA), Rear Adm. William Kayoda, said that DSA had entrenched the value of space to support the operations of the armed forces, especially on how space systems infrastructure would apply to national critical functions.
Kayoda said the Administration had continued to provide resilient cyber security solutions in the protection of Nigeria’s cyber space.
He said such were, especially, in the regulation, monitoring, vulnerabilities penetration assessment, testing and mitigation exercise to safeguard military and other security agencies’ websites and servers.
He added that DSA also followed the trends and ensure cybersecurity maturity model certification were sustained in the understanding of latest requirements.
According to him, the global re-occurring supply chain attacks that are very destructive, especially malware and ransomwares attacks, call for adherence to developing and sustaining basic cyber security hygiene.
“Thus, the issue of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFAs), passwords, decryption and other key management real world physical access control mitigation for supply chain security are very essential.
“In the Nigeria security perimeters, Multi-Factor Authentication, system control, hygiene culture, training, enforcement, segmentation, control of routine networks, physical access at all times, collaborations, end source investigation amongst others in line with global best practices must be our priority.
“This is very relevant as trust model for all devices has revealed the need for zero trust for machines due to vulnerabilities.
“Adherence to procedures, monitoring, reporting and policy compliance and enforcement devoid of complacency by cyber analyst, Network administration and other end users is important,” he said.
The CDSA disclosed that the cybersecurity awareness month was organised to increase sensitisation efforts on models to mitigate cyber threats and build national cyber resilience to shape cyber security standard, particularly information sharing and identifying critical solutions for implementation at all government levels.
In his goodwill message, the Ministry of Defence, retired Maj -Gen. Bashir Magashi, commended DSA on its unrelenting efforts towards creating a robust indigenous space competence capable of producing and utilising space assets to meet the operational requirements of the Nigerian armed forces.
Magashi said the awareness week was a critical step in addressing increasing cyberattacks on businesses and even the military.
He said that creating awareness of this menace was imperative especially with the drive for global connectivity, usage, recent launch of the e-naira by Mr. President and prevalence of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.
“No doubt, this exercise if sustained will go a long way in curbing new cyber threats and promote the proper use of the social media.
“On this note, I urge the participants to take full advantage of this Workshop and wish the DSA well in the pursuit of its mandate,” he said.
Hamzat To Speak On Harmonious Working Relationships Between Arms Of Government As Path To Successes In Lagos
His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat will be the Guest Speaker at the 4th educational and social interactive programme, Timeline Awareness Initiative Lecture/Award on Wednesday 23rd of March 2022.
The programme which promises to be an eye-opener, revealing the level of cooperation in Lagos State Government since the inception of former Lagos State Government and All Progressive Congress APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 till date.
According to the Organizers, led by Yusuf Adeoye, Publisher of TimelineNG, an Online Newspaper, Dr. Hamzat who has held several positions in the State including Commissioner For Science & Technology before his present elective position as Deputy Governor will be speaking on the Topic: ” Imperatives of Harmonious Working Relationship Between Arms of Government, A Key Ingredient in The Success of Lagos State Government. With Focus on 2023 General Election’
The Event which hold at the Lagos Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, will witness the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa as Keynote Speaker. He will be sharing his vast experience as legislator working to aid and ease the work of the executive in Lagos State, which has led to the tremendous infrastructural development and cordial working atmosphere in the State over the years.
The event which will witness awards for few distinguished prominent Nigerians will be Chaired by former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu while the Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is the Chief Host of the day. Also expected at the occasion is Convener of Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, Chairman House Committee on Defence, Hon Babajimi Benson from the House of Representatives among others.
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Sam Udekwe Emerges New Enugu NUJ Chairman
Sam Udekwe of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), on Tuesday, emerged chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State chapter, for the next three years.
Chairman of the electoral committee, Lawrence Njoku, said Udekwe emerged winner of the election with 157 votes.
Njoku said that Udekwe garnered 157 votes out of 247 votes cast as against his opponent, Mrs Amaka Nzekwe, who garnered 90 votes at the election conducted at the NUJ Secretariat, Independence layout.
Other positions were unopposed as Emma Acha from NAN emerged Secretary of the Union.
Speaking after the election, Udekwe promised to take the council to a greater height and to carry everybody along in his administration.
He thanked his opponent for her understanding that election is not a do or die affair, which he said created a room for free, fair and credible election.
Udekwe also thanked the outgone chairman, Rex Arum, for creating an enabling enviroment for the election which, he said, had ushered in a new era.
“Arum created the enabling environment for the new transition of power and I promise not to disappoint him and the union at large.
“I cannot end this my speech without appreciating the NUJ president, Mr Christ Isiguzo, for his unbiased nature to the election.
“Isiguzo is a man of peace and he still holds on to the peace he created in NUJ Enugu state since the beginning of his administration,” Udekwe said.
Arum, in his remarks, said that the election was free, fair and credible.
“I am happy that someone has come to replace me and I feel elated that two of them worked under my administration.
“Today, the better side won. NUJ decided and they voted for the person they felt will do better.
“My advice to the new exco is that they should work hard because the prayer of every father is for his son to do better than him.
“Enugu NUJ remains one family and I believe that the winner of today’s election will carry everybody along,” Arum said.
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