NIGERIA’S minister of communications technology, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu has lamented the high rate of cyber insecurity in Nigeria, saying drastic measures must be taken to arrest the trend. The minister said this in Abuja yesterday, while declaring open a three day conference on “Cyber Security, Technology Optimisation and Development” organised by the Abuja chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA. The minister said that Nigeria experienced a total of 3,500 cyber attacks in 2015, which according to him recorded 70% success “and led to a loss of about $450 million.” The communications technology minister said that the ICT sector contributed 12.62% of Nigeria’s GDP in the second quarter of 2016 and announced that federal government was putting together a national broadband policy “to ensure an 18% broadband penetration by 2018, up from the current 6%.” He charged ISACA to ensure proper use of its applications to enhance a secured cyberspace. “I am aware of the many strides that ISACA has achieved in the USA with the contributions of the use of its COBIT in the governance and management of public institutions. My personal challenge to ISACA Abuja is to ensure that such efforts are domesticated in Nigeria. We must influence our space, define our space and prepare adequately to defend it. We want to see not just a working technology and applications, but we want to be assured that such technologies are safe and used properly,” the minister said. Similarly, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim said his agency would be working in close collaboration with ISACA to come out with solutions that will address what he described as the high rate of cyber attacks in Nigeria. He said Nigeria as a nation cannot function properly if it is vulnerable to cyber attacks. ISACA is a global IT based association that is present in more than 180 countries and undertakes certification in IT security applications.