We’re committed to improving digital economy, says NCC

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We’re committed to improving digital economy, says NCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta, has said the commission is committed to boosting the nation’s digital economy through responsive regulations.

Danbatta said this at the commission’s 2021 Annual Cybersecurity conference, organised in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser, with the theme ‘Building trust in the digital economy through cybersecurity and sensitisation on the implementation of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy’.

Represented by the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adewolu Adeleke, he said the commission would continue to be at the forefront of ensuring a sound cybersecurity culture built on people, process and technology to bolster the digital economy in Nigeria.

He urged telecom consumers and the public to take advantage of the NCC’s campaign planned to create awareness and sensitise the public about the wiles of cybercriminals.

He said, “Our various cybersecurity awareness initiatives and campaigns are helping the public to understand the risks in digital space and how to reduce the vulnerabilities that adversaries can benefit from.

“Our collective resolve is to continuously boost trust and confidence in our digital economy by ensuring adherence to sound cybersecurity culture and hygiene, internally and with external partners as well as stakeholders.”

Highlighting the changing dynamics in the digital space, Danbatta told the audience that the commission recognised the importance of ensuring and instituting appropriate cybersecurity measures to derive meaningful gains from the emergent digital economy.

He said, “The growth of digital economies is changing how ‘trust’ is valued by institutions, businesses, and the public.

“The increase in technological advancement has also resulted in an increase in cybercrimes, as well as identity theft and fake news campaigns that have introduced fresh dimensions that affect the notion of trust in the digital era.”

According to him, digital economies should be built on trusted technologies and partnerships, ensuring strong cybersecurity that rides on the public’s confidence, security, privacy and safety to bolster responsive regulations, transparency, accountability and digital governance.

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