The Nigerian Army, under Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja's leadership, has bolstered its electronic warfare capabilities, addressing the convergence of electronic and cyber warfare at the Maiden Cyber Security Workshop. The event, themed "Role of Information Technology in National Security Against Cyber Threats," underscores the military's commitment to modernizing its defense strategies and cybersecurity measures. The Nigerian Army is focusing on overcoming previous limitations and recognizing the increasing significance of cyber warfare in contemporary military operations.

Bolstering Cyber and Electronic Warfare Capabilities: Nigerian Army's Strategic Approach


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made significant revelations in Abuja, highlighting the Nigerian Army's recent acquisition of electronic warfare capabilities. Addressing the Maiden Cyber Security Workshop at the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare School, he emphasized the importance of information technology in enhancing national security against emerging threats and cyber-attacks.
Lt.-Gen. Lagbaja acknowledged that the Nigerian Army had previously faced limitations in acquiring electronic warfare capabilities due to the high cost of devices and limited technical expertise within the army. However, these obstacles have now been overcome, enabling the Army to harness the synergy between electronic and cyber warfare effectively.
The workshop not only focuses on cybersecurity but also delves into the realm of cyber warfare. This approach equips the Nigerian Army with the knowledge needed to integrate cybersecurity into military doctrine and tactics, acknowledging the evolving role of cyber warfare in modern military operations.
Cyber threats can emanate from various sources, including foreign organizations, hacktivists, governments, criminal groups, and individuals. The increasing targeting of critical infrastructure such as power grids, financial systems, healthcare organizations, and government networks by cyber-attacks has prompted the establishment of the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command (NACWC) and the NACWS.
Brig.-Gen. Abdullahi Ahmad, the Commandant of NACWS, emphasized the school's role in building the capacity of army personnel to counter cyber threats. He stressed the importance of gathering insights from scholars, stakeholders, and experts in cybersecurity to achieve the school's mandate.
The weeklong event features lectures that explore modern trends in cybersecurity, military doctrine, and tactics, as well as academic perspectives. It serves as a vital platform for knowledge exchange, ensuring the Nigerian Army is well-prepared to meet its constitutional responsibilities in a joint environment.
Lt.-Gen. Lagbaja expressed his gratitude for the support from President Bola Tinubu and reaffirmed the Army's commitment to remaining apolitical, professional, and mission-ready in defense of Nigeria. This strategic focus on cybersecurity and electronic warfare positions the Nigerian Army to address emerging security challenges and contribute to national defense.

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