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Cybersecurity: Innovations fuel growth as security ensures sustainability in ecosystem –Inuwa

Engr. Mohammed Kabiru, Representing Malam Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA,  Delivering a Keynote Address at Nigeria Teen Cyber Festival 2023, in Abuja, FCT       Photo: NITDA

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, emphasises that growth is fuelled by innovations, but sustainability is ensured by security measures on digital platforms in cyberspace

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has stressed growth is fuelled by innovations, but sustainability is ensured by security in the digital ecosystem.

Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA, stated this while delivering a Keynote Speech on the theme, “Cyber Safety, Promoting Young People & the Power of Innovation in a Digital Economy” at the Nigeria Teen Cyber Festival 2023.

ConsumerConnect reports  the Child Cyber Protection Initiative organised the programme in collaboration with NITDA, and other relevant stakeholders at Baze University, in Abuja, FCT.

Inuwa noted that the most cutting-edge digital platforms could collapse in an instant without strong security measures.

The Information Technology (IT) regulatory agency stated the Director-General, ably represented by Engr. Mohammed Kabiru of the Cybersecurity Department of NITDA, said this against the backdrop of the increasing level of dependence on the Internet in performing  daily activities, especially for young people.

He said understanding online security was not just important for young people but essential.

The Director-General also emphasised that growth is fuelled by innovation, but sustainability is ensured by security measures in cyberspace.

He further opined that it is important to empower young minds with knowledge.

“We really must include cybersecurity and digital literacy in our curricula.

“Not only should young people learn how to code, but also how to keep themselves and their work safe online,” said he.

The agency as well disclosed the fest sought to also ignite innovations and exchange of ideas among young people and to foster a healthy online culture.

NITDA said: “By educating participants on issues of cybersecurity and online privacy.”

Inuwa further asserted while individuals bear responsibility, technology giants and governments are also responsible for safeguarding digital space through more proactive measures, partnerships and collaborations.

The NITDA Chief equally said: “NITDA has been at the forefront of addressing cybercrime and online security with the role it played in the drafting of CyberCrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015.

“This Act provides a unified and comprehensive legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for the prohibition, prevention, detection, prosecution, and punishment of cybercrimes in Nigeria.

“This Act also ensures the protection of critical national information infrastructure and promotes cybersecurity and the protection of computer systems and networks, electronic communications,             data and computer programs, intellectual property, and privacy rights.”

According to Inuwa, the young ones are not just consumers but are leading the digital revolution across the globe.

He opined that they produce applications, platforms, and solutions that millions, if not billions, of people use every day.

“But immense power also entails great responsibility. The same technologies that link us across continents also have the potential to be exploited against us.

“Cyberthreats have advanced significantly, ranging from deep fakes to identity theft.

“Every click, like, and share has the potential to reveal personal weaknesses,” Inuwa noted.

He, however, restated that the digital economy has the potential to be both a playground and a fortress for young brains with the correct balance of innovation and security.

The Director-General said: “Let us encourage innovation as we go through this digital era while keeping a close eye on internet safety.

“Give our youth the skills, knowledge, and fortitude they need to guide us into a future where technology is not just about convenience but also about trust, safety, and collective advancement.”

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