The Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh, has called for inclusion of cybersecurity in the academic curriculum of tertiary institutions.
Assistant General Manager, Government, External and Industry Relations of NERC, Mr Michael Faloseyi, made this known in a statement in Abuja at the weekend.
Momoh was quoted as making the call this while speaking at the International Legislative Stakeholders Conference in Abuja.
He also canvassed for institutional and legal frameworks to prevent cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure.
Momoh, who was recently inducted as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering made this remark as a panellist at the International Legislative Stakeholders Conference.
The conference had the theme: Digital Technology and Cybersecurity.
He said that cyber-physical system was networks of interconnected computers used to run critical and sensitive infrastructure and services like banking, hospitals, aviation, and electricity supply, among others.
He, therefore, reiterated on the need for appropriate policy, regulatory and legal frameworks to forestall an attack on the cyber-physical systems in Nigeria,
“Which could be devastating on the economy and security architecture,” he said.
Momoh said: “There is the need for an institution and legal framework in place so that cyber activists and potential attackers will recognise this so as to protect our critical infrastructure.” (NAN)