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Nigeria builds ‘standing Internet force’ to contain cyber attacks

Friday, April 11, 2014

There is indeed no doubt whatsoever that our dear country Nigeria, with the diffrent initiatives of COMMTECH, NCC and NITDA is becoming recognized and playing big in the global digital space. These initiatives has made Nigeria one of the fastest growing Internet markets on the continent.

In recent times and within this month, Nigeria took a major initiative to build a special response team to mitigate risks of threats of online risks or aggression against the country. Technology Times revealed authoritatively that the national cyber response force went LIVE on tuesday in Abuja .

Technology Times revealed that the National Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT), modeled after the global Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), is the initiative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the nation’s IT implementing agency.  CERRT will become the virtual equivalent of a standing army and will function by “building National cyber security readiness through fostering the development of sectorial Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).”

CERRT will also drive the Nigerian Honeynet Project “to mitigate threats related to malicious traffic and to improve the national cyberspace security by ensuring preventive and response measures to deal with malicious threats.” 

Tthe CERRT ecosystem, Technology Times revealed will create jobs, increasing incomes, 
promote knowledge generation and empowered human resources
and foster confidence in the Nigerian economy, among other objectives. 

Integrating all these noble initiatives with the Nigerian National Broadband Plan to foster the much desired National Develeopment that will get to the grass root and touch the lives of the hoi pollois remains the challenge that must be well articulated and solved.

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