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New initiative set up to curb cyberthreats

09 April 2014, 13:45

Lagos - The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has officially launched the National Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) to check threats of cyber attacks in the country.

The agency is executing the project in partnership with local technology consulting firm, Consultancy Support Services Limited (CS2).

NITDA said the CERRT project was conceived to build a special response team to mitigate risks of threats of online risks or aggression against the country.

The project is expected to pool resources of players in the technology security ecosystem to create a home-grown response team to manage risks, threat and attacks from the internet.

NITDA is hopeful CERRT would also drive a similar project called the Nigerian Honeynet Project to mitigate threats related to malicious traffic and to improve the national cyberspace security by suggesting preventive and response measures to deal with malicious threats.

The project, according to NITDA, will link all the cyberspace stakeholders, including the government, ISPs, telcos and critical information infrastructure.

“CERRT is envisioned to be a trusted national information sharing and support entity to ensure a secure cyberspace. It will address attaining the national strategic interest that requires that the country uses the programme to develop, nurture and patronise a home-grown cybersecurity solutions," NITDA stated.

It further said that the CERRT ecosystem would help create jobs, increasing incomes, promote knowledge generation and empowered human resources as well as foster confidence in the Nigerian economy, among other objectives.

– CAJ News

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