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Document on new national focus for ICT coming—NITDA

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ibrahim has revealed a new document to serve as the focus for the development of the Information and Communications technology (ICT) sector is undergoing final touching in his office.

Apart from the new roadmap for ICT development, the agency is also working on a new standard for information technology audit for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The former senior lecturer at a Dubai University disclosed further that some websites belonging to some MDAs disappear after working for only two weeks and later reappear as an item for budgeting.

He spoke at the 8th annual ISACA International Conference in Abuja, revealing that NITDA had secured approval of the National Council on Communications for implementation of Information Security Management System across the MDAs.

He was represented by the Director of Standards at the agency, Mr. Lazarus Ikoti, at the conference.

Dr. Ibrahim added that a new information system audit would eliminate such wastes and create a special market and employment opportunities for youths.

He said, “Since I assumed office as Director-General of the NITDA, I have been working on a document, which will serve as the focus for the development of the IT in Nigeria. One of the issues dear to my heart is cyber security.

“Cyber-attacks do not only cause economic havoc but also social and security concerns. Because of its consequences, cyber security must be given due attention.”

 “Just two weeks ago, the NITDA presented a memo for the implementation of Information Security Management System for all the MDAs to minimise the impact of cybercrime. There is no doubt that our various systems are vulnerable to attack.

“Because of the importance of the memo, council unanimously adopted it and directed all the MDAs to implement the standards for their ICT infrastructure. The NITDA is currently working/developing a policy document for the security of government ICT infrastructure.”