By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued the guidelines for improved cyber security in Nigerian financial sector, especially among the Other Financial Institutions (OFIs).
The circular to that effect which was issued by the Director of OFIs Supervision Department, Mrs. Nkiru Asiegbu, yesterday, set January 1, 2023, for compliance by all affected institutions.
According to the circular, “As a result of recent increase in the number and sophistication of cybersecurity threats against financial institutions, especially Other Financial Institutions (OFIs), it has become mandatory for institutions to strengthen their cyber defences if they are to remain safe and sound.
“Consequently, the CBN hereby issues the attached Risk-Based cybersecurity Framework and Guidelines for OFIs, which represent the minimum requirements to be put in place by all OFIs.
“The effective date for full compliance with the provisions of the guidelines is January 1, 2023.”
It added, ‘In recent times, threats such as ransomware, targeted phishing attacks and Adanced Persistent Threats (APT) have become prevalent, demanding that financial institutions, including OFIs strengthen their cyber resilience and take proactive steps to secure their critical information assets to ensure their safety and soundness.”
The guidelines outline the requirements the OFIs were requested to observe in the development and implementation of strategies , policies, procedures and related activities aimed at mitigating cyber risks.
The OFIs were directed to ensure a more sound cyber environment that “supports information system security and promote stability of the OFIs sub-sector.”