At the outset of the year, we did note that 2013 was shaping up to witness a tremendous impact in terms of service delivery using information and communication technology tools in Nigeria. Well, though that sounded more like a prophecy at that time, efforts by the federal government in the past year really gave the pointer. This week, we are discussing an exciting development and some issues worthy of note.
Last week, at the Social Media Week event in Lagos, the Minister of Information, Mrs. Omobola Johnson disclosed that a central portal for accessing government information and services was going to be launched in March 2013. Of course, this represents an important milestone in the clamour for an enhanced system of government using technology tools. The portal is said to be a standard template for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government in the country. This comes to us as an interesting news because we’ve reiterated here, time and again, on the need for a unified approach as far as policies and regulations go in the Information Technology Sector in the country.
However, one major issue which we’ve talked about in previous posts is that which borders on cyber-attacks on federal government websites. In recent times, it was reported that in 2012 a total number of 23 official government websites have been hacked. You can find an analysis of the report here. We’re not about to start discussing how dangerous this is to the efforts being made by the new ministry of communications. We’d rather place our emphasis this week on IT orientation and training of existing man-power. While we eagerly await the passage of the various regulatory frameworks for the IT sector in Nigeria, there is the urgent need to prepare existing manpower for the big transition. This would no doubt aid in consolidating on the massive human and capital investments being made in the sector.
As part of our contribution towards this re-orientation process, we would be looking at the various modes of attacks and where possible, simple things to watch out for in order to detect common attempts at breaching cyber security. I trust that you’re looking forward to it as we’re here on Nigerian Law Today. Let’s make it a date.