The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has set up an information technology (IT) clearance committee that is expected to look at every IT project implementation in federal public institutions.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami made this known on Tuesday at the 10th annual conference of ISACA, Abuja chapter held at NAF Conference Centre and Suites.
Represented by Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director, ITIS department, Pantami said one key criterion for clearing an IT project is IT systems security, saying “For us, it is a critical criterion”.
The DG revealed that a national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project is ongoing to address every issue of information confidentiality, integrity and availability, saying “We are working with relevant stakeholders for a holistic and successful implementation’.
“Under my watch, NITDA believes in the critical role of IT governance and we have defined it as a framework for decision rights and accountability to encourage desirable behaviour in the use of information technology.
“The role of NITDA and indeed mine as the Chief Information Technology Officer of the country is to set and pursue implementation of a National IT Strategic direction that is in alignment with the National strategic direction and plan.
“NITDA is developing a Nigerian Government Enterprise Architecture and a critical part of it was dedicated to security of IT systems. This section specifies what security measures should be in place while deploying IT systems in Public Institutions.
“A national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project is ongoing to address every issue of information confidentiality, integrity and availability. We are working with relevant stakeholders for a holistic and successful implementation.
“We have also set up an IT Clearance Committee to look at every IT project implementation in Federal Public Institutions (FPIs). One key criteria for clearing an IT project is IT systems security. For us, it is a critical criterion,” he said.
TNG reports the 10th annual conference of ISACA was themed: ‘Security and privacy: Towards the development of a vibrant National IT Governance Structure’.
NITDA is the official government body that develops and regulates information technology in Nigeria.