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Technology expert and SBL ICT chair, Basil Udotai reveals intricacies of new Cybercrime Act at Industry gathering


The Chair of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of the NBA Section on Business Law (SBL) and Managing Partner, Technology Advisors LLP, Basil Udotai will lead talks at the next gathering of technology experts in Lagos, scheduled to hold tomorrow August 20, 2015 in Lagos.

Udotail who is the keynote speaker at the Technology Times Outlook – a thought leadership series on technology, will review Nigeria’s new Cybercrimes Act at this event; revealing the pros and cons of the new law; what it portends for the fight against cybercrime, as well as the possibilities for Cybersecurity in Nigeria.

The new Cybercrime Act, signed into law on May 15, 2015 stipulates that, any crime or injury on critical national information infrastructure, sales of pre-registered SIM cards, unlawful access to computer systems, Cyber-Terrorism, among others, would be punishable under the new law.

The event, which brings together industry leaders to discuss and deliberate on issues bothering on the development of technology in the Nigeria, will have in attendance participants from various sectors of the economy, including ICT experts, Legal practitioners and the Media will deliberate and provide road maps towards the enhancement of ICT in Nigeria.

Basil Udotai who is also the Managing Partner of Technology Advisors LLP, a specialty law practice that focuses exclusively on ICT, has served as the pioneer Director and Head of the Directorate for Cybersecurity (DfC) at the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Before that appointment, he served as Coordinator of the Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group (NCWG), where he led the government’s first ever coordinated effort in creating both legal and institutional frameworks for computer security and critical information infrastructure protection in the country. Prior to that, he was Legal Adviser of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), a position he was appointed to after serving as Consultant and Lead Counsel to the Federal Government on the Government-wide Software Licensing Agreement with Microsoft Corporation, USA.

Acting as Technology Attorney and Consultant, Udotai has at various times drafted and reviewed proposed legislations, regulations, conventions and protocols for ICT agencies of governments and the National Assembly, as well as ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations. He has advised many local and international organisations (both public and private organisations) on a wide range of legal issues as they affect ICT business, transactions and compliance. He is currently serving as Legal Consultant to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on the digital switch over (DSO) of Broadcasting in Nigeria.

Before returning to Nigeria, Udotai lived and worked in Washington, DC focusing on Technology Law in the areas of Technology Transactions, Privacy & Security, and Intellectual Property.