In securing a nation intelligence in policies and practices comes high on the agenda. As an enabler and tool for competitive advantage, Jidaw insists that Information technology (IT) cannot be overlooked. The ever changing nature of threats demands modern and innovative approaches.
Already to achieve a direct focus and provoke attention and action in this important area, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) will hold its Annual Conference this year with the theme, “Information Technology for National Safety and Security”. Indeed Jidaw calls for more quality attention to security, one of the most critical issues in Nigeria.
Threats are changing and new vulnerabilities are emerging. It’s the era of climate change, unconventional conflict, insurgent terrorism (Boko Haram), suicide bombings, cybercrime, physical ambush attacks, pipeline vandalization, fast innovation, militant agitation, new and emerging infectious diseases. Innovative practice is the answer not the question. In the 21st century society, security threats have become a critical challenge facing individuals, governments, private enterprises and social entities. Insecurity affects everyone.
The slogan, “security is everyone’s business” certainly rings true. Nobody is immune from the effects of crime. Understanding the drivers and sources of risk and danger is essential and unavoidable. Such appreciation is critical to protecting governments, organizations and citizens. Jidaw insists that smart, efficient and effective tools and approaches must come into play. Attackers and vulnerabilities are not going away. Serious and smart attention and action is the path to national safety and security.
The need to keep revising, updating and renewing strategies, measures and technologies to meet growing demands is apparent. Jidaw asks: Isn’t it time to bring smart into policing? And as the population grows shouldn’t the use of database and other data tools be essential for security information, planning and management?
Being proactive is an ideal. How is this possible without data? Intelligence without data? Give me a break! Information technology is central to progress in national security. Anything else is a joke. Ignorance will most certainly kill.
You can’t solve tomorrow’s issues with yesterday’s tools and mindset. In this age, nations invest in Information Technology as the key enabler for National Security. The age of instant, global interaction and communications heightens risks. Threats to National security are widespread and continually evolving. Government, private sector and the education community all face risks. Even in homes, challenges are ever present.
A global village, global jungle, global danger, global prison or global insecurity? The intelligence community is constantly challenged. Knowing that insecurity hinders peace and growth is not brain surgery.
Again Jidaw asks: Is the nation equipped to defeat enemies and protect citizens without the strategic and operational use of IT? I come in peace, but in what century? Man-made challenges or otherwise, intelligent tools and smart measures provide the edge in preparing for and overcoming national security issues. Innovation must be at the core.