Lagos State Government launches cybersecurity project to boost digital safety

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May 21, 2024
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The news: 

  • The Lagos State Government has announced the launch of a Cybersecurity Operations Centre (CSOC) to improve digital safety and protect the state’s infrastructure from cyber threats. 
  • Olatunbosun Alake, the Honourable Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, revealed the development at the Year 2024 Ministerial Press Briefing held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Lagos State, on Monday, May 20, 2024. 
  • The centre, which will serve as the hub for monitoring, detecting, and responding to cyber threats in real-time within the state, is part of the broader strategy by the state government to enhance overall security and governance. 

The commissioner also disclosed that the cybersecurity project is in collaboration with notable cybersecurity companies and international organisations. 

Alake explained that the essence of these partnerships is to ensure the government has access to cutting-edge technologies and expertise as it attempts to boost its capacity to defend the state against all kinds of cyber threats.

In addition, the newly established CSOC will use advanced technologies and a team of cybersecurity experts to ensure that the state's digital infrastructure is safe and resistant to potential attacks.

Alake also noted that the Lagos State Government has also formed a cyber-security council responsible for recommending, planning, refining, and implementing cybersecurity policies, programmes, and training initiatives. 

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While the members were not disclosed, the commissioner stated that the council comprised experts from the public and private sectors. 

Speaking about the state government’s Data Protection Compliance Project, Alake said Lagos has begun the process of sensitising all Heads of Accounts, Procurement, Planning, Legal Officers, Medical Directors, Body of Permanent Secretaries, Cabinet members, Head of Cadres Statewide and all 43 ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), with the establishment of 70 Data Protection officers in various MDAs. 

The commissioner reiterated that the goals of the data protection compliance project include protecting the rights of Lagosians to data privacy and fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal and business data. 

In December 2023, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a 6,000 km Metro-Fibre Duct Project to accelerate digital transformation.

Providing an update on the project, the Commissioner said 2,700 km of unified fibre ducts have been implemented across the state in Phase I. He assured that Phase II of the project will see the remaining 3,300 km.

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The project plans to create a 24-hour economy that allows businesses to operate in a safe environment, enabling businesses to create jobs and boost the state's GDP. 


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