Lagos Strengthens Cybersecurity with New Advisory Council.

20 Jun 2024

The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a Cybersecurity Advisory Council. This council made up of Nigeria's top cyber experts, aims to protect Lagos from increasing cyber threats. The ceremony took place at Lagos House in Ikeja.

The seven-member council is chaired by Dr. Osakwe Fene, a renowned cybersecurity expert and Forbes Council Member. Other members include Dr. Adewale Obadare, founder of Digital Encode Limited, and Taiye Lambo, a cybersecurity veteran with over 30 years of experience. The team also includes Ben Oguntala, creator of the "Cyber Security Iron Dome" solution, Chinenye Chizea, a leading IT professional, Dr. Bharat Soni, a digital risk expert, and Tunbosun Alake, the Commissioner for Innovation, Science, and Technology.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by Deputy Governor Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, stressed the urgency of addressing cyber threats. "In 2023, cyberattacks occurred every 39 seconds globally, with data breaches rising by 77% from the previous year," he noted. "In Nigeria, ransomware attacks increased by 7% in the first half of 2023."

Newly Inducted Cybersecurity Advisory Council Members

Sanwo-Olu highlighted the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect the state's digital advancements. "Digital tools offer great benefits but also pose significant risks. We need strong defenses to protect our progress," he said.

The council's responsibilities include developing effective policies, deploying advanced threat detection systems, promoting cybersecurity awareness through training, and ensuring the security of Lagos' digital infrastructure. "We expect this council to build a strong defense system that protects both government systems and the digital lives of our citizens," said Dr. Hamzat.

Deputy Governor Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat signing the newly Cybersecurity Council

Tunbosun Alake, the Commissioner for Innovation, Science, and Technology, emphasized the state's commitment to using technology to improve residents' lives. “The creation of this Cybersecurity Advisory Board shows our dedication to protecting Lagos' digital environment. This is a key step in our development plans and vision for 2050,” he said.

Alake pointed out that the administration has made significant investments in infrastructure, which have driven economic growth and attracted investments. He believes the council's work will secure the state's assets and support ongoing development. “We are committed to making Lagos a cyber-secure city where innovation can flourish,” he concluded.

Dr. Osakwe Fene, the council's chairman, promised to fulfill the council’s duties diligently to safeguard Lagos' digital future.

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