National Cybersecurity Policy

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This part sets out the overview of the (former, 2014 version)  Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Policy process and provides a background of Nigeria’s cybersecurity status in relation to the global context. It also provides the rationale for the institution of a National Cybersecurity Policy.

This policy has been superceded by the Nigeria National Cybersecurity Policy of 2021.

3.1 The Goal of National Security Strategy on Cybersecurity
3.1.1 The fundamental aim of the National Security Strategy as enshrined in the
National Security Policy framework seeks for a harmonized security strategy
that will respond to the dynamism of the national security threat landscape.
3.1.2 One of such emergent national security threat landscape is national risk
exposure and uncoordinated presence in cyberspace.
3.2.3 In the context of the immediate and future security challenges, instruments of
Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Policy and National Cybersecurity Strategy
are intended to manage security threats in cyberspace in line with the overall
national security objective.

4.3.2 Objectives
The objectives of National Cybersecurity policy are stated as follows:
i. To facilitate an effective legal framework and governance mechanism
for Nigeria’s presence in cyberspace and cybersecurity ecosystem.
ii. To develop an information security and control mechanism for the
protection and safety of Nigeria’s national critical information
infrastructure and its associated economic infrastructures operating in
cyberspace.
iii. To provide measures for the identification, monitoring, analysis, and
evaluation of the national critical information infrastructure for
maintaining Nigeria’s active presence in cyberspace.
iv. To develop a national cybersecurity assurance framework, compliance
and enforcement administration.
v. To develop a centralized national emergency readiness and incident
management coordination capability.
vi. To promote emergence of an appropriate legislative environment with
respect to freedom of access to information, intellectual property, data
protection and privacy rights.
vii. To promote and engage cybersecurity innovations through research
and development in partnership with industry and academic
institutions.
viii. To develop a national benchmark for regular statistical data and
situational report on Nigeria’s cybersecurity status.
ix. To develop a framework for inter-agency collaboration on combating
cybercrime and cybersecurity.
x. To establish multi-stakeholder partnerships, cooperation and
leadership advisory mechanisms for information sharing, intelligence
gathering and coordinated response.
xi. To promote the infusion of the culture of cybersecurity and promotion
of adherence to principles, standards and guidelines in the country.
xii. To develop a coordinated national awareness strategy, capacity
building, and structured cybersecurity professional cadres across all
national constituents.
xiii. To develop national criteria for the development of cybersecurity
manpower, identify baseline requirements, qualifications for 
xiii. To develop national criteria for the development of cybersecurity
manpower, identify baseline requirements, qualifications for 
cybersecurity professionals and implement measures for certifications
and regulations of cybersecurity skills, products, and services.
xiv. To promote and strengthen Nigeria’s national commitments to regional
and global partnerships and cooperation on cybersecurity.
xv. To facilitate institution of a unified National Strategy on Cybersecurity
to provide guidance, initiatives and measureable action plan in the
development, implementation, and sustainability of a national
cybersecurity roadmap.
xvi. To develop a national mechanism for the establishment of Nigeria’s
National Cybersecurity Coordination Center (NCCC) to serve as the
focal point for cybersecurity incident monitoring and response;
coordinate and regulate Sectoral Computer Emergency Response
Team (S-CERT) and establishment of a National Digital Forensic
Laboratory (NDFL) in the country. 

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Year of Document: 
2014
Date of Document: 
Monday, December 1, 2014

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