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Country's exposure to insecurity a concern

11 March 2014, 08:35

Lagos - The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) has cautioned government agencies against the use of foreign information communication technology solutions saying this posed serious risk to the country's security.

The board also warned that foreign ICT vendors proposing and supplying security solutions to Nigerian paramilitary and other critical infrastructure bodies portended serious threats.

Chairman of NigComSat board, Prof. Turner Isoun expressed the board's concern that more government agencies are patronizing foreign ICT solution, a situation he said if not urgently addressed would undermine the country's war against insecurity.

Isoun said this trend was exposing the terror-riddled country to a myriad of potential security threats from restricted data being exposed to numerous vendors.

“This predicament is particularly worrisome not only because of the present state of national insecurity but also because NigComSat is the only government agency mandated to act as a clearing house and solution provider for security-related ICT solutions to Ministries Departments and Agencies and institutions,” Isoun said.

He noted that NigComSat currently managed the National Public Safety Communications Systems (NPSCS), a national safety network.

The network upgrade had commenced for the public safety system, he added.

Isoun said this was envisaged to protect the nation’s borders and other key infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines.

He cautioned all government agencies to direct their ICT needs to NigComSat or the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology within the next four weeks.

He also advised state governments interested in providing security solutions for their respective states to liaise with NigComSat for effective planning and integration into the NPSCS.

– CAJ News

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