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CYBERSECURITY AND CYBERCRIME IN NIGERIA: THE IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DIGITAL ECONOMY
This study examines the implications of cybercrime and weak cybersecurity defense for Nigeria’s national security and digital economy from the perspective of nontraditional discourse within international security debates. The research adopted a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis, with both primary and secondary source data employed. The primary data involved in-depth interviews with selected informants from the relevant agencies in Nigeria and the available governmental policy documents on cybersecurity and cybercrime, including conversations with security personnel, academics, senior officials from security research institutes, members of private institutions and government agencies in communication sectors. The secondary data consist of books, journals, and internet sources. Our analysis reveals that cybercrime is flourishing in Nigeria undetected, affecting its critical national infrastructure, causing prolonged terrorism affecting national security and the safety of national environment due to weak cybersecurity capability. The article recommends that Nigeria adopt measures toward strengthening its cyberspace and digital environment to prevent crimes and promote national security and the digital economy.
Keywords: Cybersecurity, cybercrime, digital economy, national security, Nigeria, security.