NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
The New Media & Information Security Department (NMIS) is a Department setup to tackle emerging new media developments and information security issues facing the country due to the rapid growth of new media technologies and the internet as an alternative source of communication.
New Media refers generally to technologies that enable digital interactivity, including on-demand access to content anytime, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as enabling interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. An aspect of New Media is the real-time generation of new, unregulated content which is what has enabled the fast adoption and growth of the Internet, but which also poses several new challenges.
The NMIS Department is made up of four (4) units: ADAPTI Coordination and Monitoring Unit (ADC&M), Cyber Security Unit (CS), New Technology Assessment Unit (NTA) and the Internet Governance Unit. (IG)
Second (2nd) Floor,
Nigerian Communications Commission
Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Engr. Haru Al-Hassan
To support the Commission in the governance and security of the nation’s cyber space, facilitate the adoption of innovative technologies, and the acquisition of ICT skills.
This is achieved by effective collaboration and support in securing the nation’s Cyberspace and Digital information infrastructure, the governance of Internet Resources, assessing new and emerging technologies for regulatory intervention as applicable, and facilitating the acquisition of ICT skills for educational institutions.
- Oversee the Commission’s activities in ensuring the development of strategies, principles and guidelines to ensure integrity of the nation’s cyberspace and interactive digital media.
- Development of strategies aimed at promoting Internet penetration and effective usage in Nigeria.
- Provide strategic leadership and direction to the Commission on Internet related issues such as governance and cyber security.
- Contribute to the development and review of policies, laws, regulations, other documents and frameworks, on Cyber Security.
- Champion the development and implementation of Cyber Security initiatives towards monitoring, detecting, analyzing, responding to cyber security incidents and improving the Communications Industry's security posture.
- Build and maintain strategic relationships with key agencies and bodies to define tactics that can be employed in ensuring a crime-free cyberspace.
- Coordination and the conduct of Commission’s sponsored ICT Trainings for tertiary and secondary institutions through the Digital Bridge Institute.
- Contribute to the Commission’s policy and strategic initiatives by facilitating, developing, and implementing projects, structures and policies towards better Internet governance, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
- Coordinate NCC’s participation at the Internet Governance Forum and update the Commission on recent developments and global responses on emerging issues.
- Define strategies aimed at improving the level of awareness of stakeholders and the general public on developments as it relates to internet governance and Cyber Security.
- Facilitate the development of relevant frameworks that relates to New Media technologies, which stems from the constructive analysis of their development and adoption all through to maturity.
- Coordinating the Commission’s Cyber Security outreach and awareness programs aimed at advising the general public and stakeholders on the risks and primary measures that may be adopted to reduce the incidence of cybercrime.
- Partner and collaborate with relevant Local, Regional and International agencies and departments to define Confidence Building Measures, Norms and Principles for acceptable behaviors in the Cyberspace.
SERVICE DELIVERY TO EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL CUSTOMERS
The Department receives requests from relevant stakeholders.
Requests are responded to accurately and efficiently
The Department communicates acknowledgement of receipt of request to stakeholders within 48 hours of receipt of request.
Feedback on status is provided, in writing, via email within 72 hours of receipt of request, within the regular business hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm of the work week, weekends and public holidays not included.
Response to request, when ready, will be sent in hard and soft copies to the stakeholder.
The New Media and Information Security Department through the various approved channels holds meetings, workshops and collaborates with other agencies to organize fora to address Internet related issues, in addition to trends and developments in new and emerging technologies.
The department holds consultative meetings with the relevant stakeholders and has an approved online platform/portal through which it holds online meetings and receives public comments, thus promoting the multi-stakeholder process of policy development.
Annually, the department in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications Technology, Nigeria Internet Registry Association, and Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency, organizes the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum, where all the stakeholders convene to discuss, share productive ideas, best practices and experiences on opportunities/challenges peculiar to the country as it relates to the Internet. This leads to a harmonization of the Nigerian position which is presented at the Regional and Global IGF. Adoptions at the Global and Regional Fora are used to drive developments, principles, rules and norms by which the Internet is governed.
The department also coordinates and monitors the Commission-sponsored Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) training for academics and senior administrators in tertiary institutions, and DAP-TEA (Digital Appreciation Programme for Teachers and Education Administrators) training in selected secondary schools across the country in collaboration with Digital Bridge Institute (DBI). The trainings are intended to equip beneficiaries with functional ICT skills that enable them improve their work output, improve quality of learning in their domains, and by extension their careers.
The department partners with relevant Stakeholders, Organisations and Agencies on Cyber Security, through cohesive mechanisms and initiatives to support the Nation’s Cyberspace. It collaborates with identified partners on issues that border on Cyber Security, facilitating intelligence gathering and exchange of information to enable efficient operations for all stakeholders involved.
Through its Cyber Security engagement and outreach initiatives, the department raises Cyber Security awareness within the Country using all forms of media (Traditional and New) to disseminate information. This provides the public with information to ensure their safety and security online.
Through its Computer Security Incident Response Team and its Digital Forensic Team, the department works with Industry and Stakeholders to provide support and Advisories. This helps in securing the Critical telecommunications Infrastructure in the Country.
The Department supports the development of the Cyber Security Ecosystem through facilitating workshops that help the Commission’s workforce keep abreast with developments. This is useful for the safeguard of the enterprise infrastructure from compromise while ensuring their safety online.
The department monitors global developments, existing legal and regulatory provisions as it relates to Cybersecurity, to ensure compliance. This also provides guidance and intelligence that will help the industry put in place necessary security measures.
- Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy
- Nigerian Internet Service Providers
- Nigerian Communications Service Providers
- Nigerian Communications Service Consumers
- Nigerian internet Registry Association
- Office of the National Security Adviser
- Internet Governance Organizations
- Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON)
- Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)
- Nigerian Police Force
- Members of Staff
- Mobile Network Operators
- Office of the National Security Adviser
- Other Law Enforcement Agencies
- Other CSIRT/CERTs
GRIEVANCE REDRESS MECHANISM
Stakeholders are enjoined to seek redress by calling or preferably writing to the Officer whose details are listed below:
New Media & Information Security Department,
Nigerian Communications Commission,
Plot 432,Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
Tel: 09-4617318; 09-4617000