Minister Directs Communication Agencies To Commence Standard Certification

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Agencies under the authority of the Ministry of Communication have been ordered, to begin the ISO  standard certification, for improvement in the country’s cybersecurity.

This was disclosed, by the Minister of Communication, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami, at the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Award, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the FCT, Abuja.

The Nigerian Communication Commission, (NCC), Nigerian Postal Service, (NIPOST) and Nigeria Communications Satellite, (NIGCOMSAT) and National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), are the agencies under the Ministry, to carry out this directive.

According to the Minister, the directive on the certification is, set to fight cybercrime.

“The idea of the ISO certification is, to improve security and safety, in the country. We should be concerned about our security and the only way is to set standards”, Pantami stated.

He further advised NITDA on the regulation of other Federal Government Agencies, on improving information on security.

“To achieve this, I know there is a national framework on information security, to drive process improvement and a roadmap, is being developed, by NITDA,” stressed Pantami.

Also speaking at the event, Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General, NITDA said that the Agency is on its toes, to drive a continuous effort, in improving security awareness, in organisations.

“The roadmap will establish some timing components, to the attainment of strengthened cyberspace that, would be reckoned with, locally, nationally and in the comity of nations,” he said.

ISO is, the International Organization for Standardization, (ISO), which defines codes, for the names of the principal subdivisions, (e.g., provinces, or, states), of all countries coded, in ISO 3166-1.

Currently, for Nigeria, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined, for one capital territory and thirty-six States. The Federal Capital Territory consists of the capital of the country, Abuja and has a special status, equal to the States.

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