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FG to Amend Cybercrimes Act

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CEM REPORT, ICT | The Federal Government has stated intention to amend the 2015 Cybercrimes Act.

The amendment the federal government said will address issues surrounding emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

According to the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, the management of cybersecurity incidents and the safeguarding of the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) were seen by the Federal Government as essential elements for the advancement of the country.

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According to him, Nigeria’s current efforts to advance economic prosperity, national development, and the achievement of national security goals will be strengthened by the Presidential Order on the designation and protection of CNII, which is currently pending President Bola Tinubu’s approval.

“This underscores the need for continuous cybersecurity awareness in the wake of increased cyber threats from both states and non-state actors,’’ he added.

Speaking at a two-day conference by the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) in Abuja, the NSA said that Nigeria had recorded remarkable strides in cybersecurity by fostering international cooperation and collaborations to combat cyber threats, thereby making her a trusted player in the global digital space.

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Ribadu who was represented by the Manager of Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team, Bala Fakandu, noted that because cybersecurity enables a better and more sustainable future, the government would continue to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of crucial information systems.

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