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Cybersecurity Bill Not Do or Die Affair - ATCON President

16 July, 2014

Source: Vanguard

President of Association of Telecoms Company of Nigeria, ATCON, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, recently said that fastening the cybersecurity bill into law at the National Assembly should never be seen as a do or die affair.

Ajayi at the just concluded cyber security forum where stakeholders bare their minds on the recent trend of activities going on in cyberspace, maintained that there was need for technology practitioners to educate the parliamentarians who at the moment are the right people to enact the cybercrime bills into law.

He added that there was also need to ensure that the cyberspace could be clean and free from all forms of fraudulent activities so that offenders could be aware of the penalty that await them if they err.

However, He admitted that there was need to accelerate work on the cybersecurity bill but cautioned that the first thing would be to ensure that greater percentage of these law makers have Tech-education to understand the dynamism of lots of activities going on the internet, particularly when engaging on e-commerce, e-business, e-government activities, among others.

For him, "more confidence can be bestowed on the cyberspace when appropriate laws are put forth, made available at the domain of the public and the more we delay creating and enforcing those laws as expected, the more we are putting internet users at danger."

He charged industry practitioners not to forget that though the internet space was one and not fragmented, there were still some things that can be done to protect Nigeria's own integrity on the space.

"With statistics from NCC, there are over 50 million internet users which means, lots of people are embracing the activity online and this means that more people are getting connected on the internet as series of services are moving online, so the future looks very good to me, but we need to do the necessary thing that will further enhance and impose confidence and trust on the internet users", Ajayi said.

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