The need to fiercely fight cyber crime and promote legitimate economic opportunity in West Africa has been described as a must for the government and industry, Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo said.
Speaking at the first West Africa cyber crime summit held recently in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, Sambo described cyber crime as a cross-industry and international phenomenon that takes full advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet, allAfrica reported.
The vice president said the public and private sectors must continue to recognize the fight against cyber crime as a national priority to help the region develop economically.
“Cybersecurity is not only something difficult to tackle, but also requires creative thinkers, talented policy makers who will understand and make people understand why and how a strong cyber security framework is a must for the creation of a vibrant national economy,” Sambo said, according to allAfrica.
The summit, which had more than 200 attendees, focused on the theme “The Fight against Cyber crime: Towards Innovative and Sustainable Economic Development.” It was organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Economic Community of West African States and Microsoft.