The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi has identified cybersecurity as an essential ingredient for the protection of digital assets.
He made this known during a working visit to Data Sixth, a defense operation centre which focuses on cybersecurity intelligence in Lagos, saying the reason the agency prioritizes cybersecurity, which is one of the seven pillars of the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan, (SRAP 2021-2024) was with a view to strengthening the cyber space and creating a safe, reliable digital economy.
Abdullahi expressed optimism in synergizing with Data Sixth whereby both parties could be proactive rather than reactive in combating cyber threats.
He underscored the need to monitor conversations on the dark web where cyber criminals plan their attacks, saying “the ability to monitor these conversations will prevent a large number of cyber-attacks and enable the defense team.”
The country manager, Ms Happiness Obioha of Data Sixth, assured the DG of the centre’s proactive technology which reduces the time of threat already domiciled in work environments.
“We have the technology that identifies threats and prevents it from manifesting with advance threat hunting solutions”, she stated.
She said the centre has skilled cybersecurity experts who are dedicated to providing expertise in security and risk consulting, manage security services, manage detection and quick response with their cyber defense operations centre (CSOC), IT security audit and penetration testing.