NITDA Set To Institutionalise Data Protection In Nigeria

The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has begun the process of licensing and partnering with a qualified institution to set standards, prepare exams and issue certifications on data protection skill in the country.

These processes are part of the implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation NDPR, a subsidiary of data legislation in the country.

The director general of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, advised on the need for Data Protection Officers DPOs, during a hybrid Symposium organised for Lagos State DPOs, saying, Data protection officers should constantly keep themselves abreast of trending innovations in keeping their data credible”.

Inuwa, while admonishing DPOs to improve their capacities by adopting best practices for data privacy, stated that Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services are essential elements in safeguarding data from breach thereby enhancing the integrity of data.

He argued that it was pertinent to incorporate artificial intelligence into data protection to enhance its accuracy and consistency. He further disclosed that there is need to sieve and categorise data elements which will determine the cloud adoption strategy to be used.