The National Information Technology Development Agency has disclosed that a cybersecurity laboratory may be established in Nigeria by 2024.

This was according to a statement by NITDA’s Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar.

While receiving the President, Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Investigator of Nigeria, Dr Iliyasu Gashinbak and his team, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, said collaboration was necessary to promote digital forensics, reinvigorate the tech ecosystem and mitigate cybercrimes in the digital space.

Inuwa decried the dangerous impact cybercrime had on the economy of the country, organisations, and individuals, and stressed the need to build capacity for protection against unscrupulous elements.

The director-general said perpetrators of cybercrimes invested well in research, information technology, and powerful tools to launch attacks, and taking proactive steps to counter them was non-negotiable.

He added, “We invested in other technologies such as the Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLAB 1.0) and other labs around the country, but we are yet to build a cybersecurity laboratory.

“We already have in mind where it will be situated but we will need all relevant stakeholders to be part of it so that the design and implementation of the centre can be fast tracked.

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