By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Chief of Military Employees (COAS), Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja says the Nigerian Military has acquired digital warfare capabilities and is now benefiting from the convergence of digital warfare and cyber warfare.
Lagbaja stated this on Monday in Abuja, whereas opening the primary cybersecurity workshop of the Nigerian Military Cyber Warfare College (NACWS).
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the theme of the workshop is “The Position of Data Know-how in Nationwide Safety Towards Upcoming Threats and Cyber Assaults”.
Represented by the Deputy Director Basic of the Nigerian Military Heritage and Future Heart (NAHFC), Maj.-Gen. Sanusi Dahiru, he stated the Nigerian Military had previously made very restricted progress in its try to amass digital warfare capabilities.
He stated the constraints, primarily as a result of excessive price of the units and restricted technical know-how throughout the military, had been overcome.
“Certainly, ICT networks additionally rely on the myriad properties of the electromagnetic spectrum for his or her important connectivity in our on-line world, an surroundings wherein quite a lot of actors function to create an exponential impact in comparison with different domains.
“I due to this fact urge the varsity to take care of and broaden this collaboration till we discover the capability to play the function of a second eleven on this space.
“The workshop mustn’t solely concentrate on cybersecurity, however also needs to embody cyber warfare, as it will equip the Nigerian Military with the experience and information wanted to combine cybersecurity into army doctrine and techniques , in addition to exploring the function of cyberwarfare in modern army operations,” he stated. stated.
Lagbaja stated cyber threats may come from many sources, together with overseas organizations, hacktivists, governments, teams, criminals in addition to people, including that cyberattacks had been more and more concentrating on essential infrastructure corresponding to energy grids, monetary programs, healthcare organizations and authorities networks. .
He added that Nigeria, like different trendy societies, was massively depending on our on-line world for its actions because it had turn out to be an rising theater of operations and would undoubtedly be challenged in future conflicts.
“It is for that reason that the Nigerian Military Cyber Warfare Command (NACWC) and NACWS had been established to fight the threats posed by this area.
“We should due to this fact mobilize to make sure that this initiative is efficient and environment friendly, along with the necessity to shield the big investments made up to now.
“I’m significantly happy with the varsity’s want to make use of its instruments not solely as a method of educational excellence, but in addition as a viable technique of proposing options to modern and future safety challenges, which is in line with sustaining my command philosophy for the Nigerian Military.
“For all concerned, you need to make the most of this distinctive alternative to study as a lot as attainable, open new horizons and views in order that we will obtain historic outcomes for the military and the nation as a complete,” he stated. declared.
The COAS thanked President Bola Tinubu for his assist and pledged that the army would proceed to stay apolitical, skilled and ever prepared to hold out its assigned missions in a joint surroundings for the protection of Nigeria.
Earlier, NACWS Commander Brig.-Gen. Abdullahi Ahmad stated the varsity was established to reinforce the capabilities of army personnel to scale back excesses within the cyber area and the risk its existence poses to present and future operations.
Ahmad defined that the threats posed by terrorists and different legal parts to take advantage of the our on-line world and knowledge and communications programs of the Nigerian Military necessitate the institution of the NACWS.
He added that the workshop was designed to show the varsity to in-depth information of contemporary traits in cybersecurity and even cyberwarfare.
He stated the workshop additionally aimed to create a discussion board for erudite academicians, involved stakeholders and even serving and retired army minds within the discipline of cybersecurity to share their viewpoint on chosen subjects for the varsity to collect sincere enter in direction of attaining its mandate.
In accordance with him, the NACWS believes that it is a manner of making certain the implementation of the command philosophy of the COAS.
The philosophy is to “rework the Nigerian Military right into a well-trained, outfitted and extremely motivated drive to discharge our constitutional duties in a joint surroundings”.
NAN stories that the week-long occasion will embody lectures on subjects corresponding to “integrating cybersecurity into army doctrine and techniques, from army and educational views, amongst others.” (NOPE) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Deborah Coker/Idris Abdulrahman