Agency promises to safeguard Nigerians online

By Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has assured Nigerians that it would work to ensure a safer cyberspace, to protect them from falling victims of crimes.

The agency’s Director General, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, stated this at the Sixth Workshop of series of Cyber Securtiy Sensitisation and Awareness Campaigns organised by NITDA in Abuja.

Mr Inuwa said that the workshop’s objective was to “make all Nigerians to be aware of the need to acquire enough knowledge to stay safe in this most inevitable cyberspace.”

”Sensitisation is key in combating cybercrimes globally as investments in different solutions have not deterred the cyber-criminals in perpetrating the menace but with the right Policies and enforcement of Legislation, their activities will be mitigated,” he said.

Mr Inuwa also disclosed that the Agency in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser, (ONSA) and National Orientation Agency, (NOA) using their platforms to create awareness and sensitising the public are beginning to yield positive results.

He said, “NITDA has, in addition to the support from sister agencies and private sector been engaging in advocacy, advisory, intervention, capacity building, promulgating legislation and policies for all, encouraging investment in human capital as well as d striving to improve on Nigeria’s valuation in global cyber security indexes and most importantly, we are striving to ensure a safer cyberspace for Nigeria and all Nigerians,” the Director General stated.

Quoting statistics from Investment News Network, he stated that the damage that would be attributed to cybercrimes by 2020 would be estimated to be in trillion of dollars adding that reputation and goodwill of businesses will continue to erode as a result of cybercrime.

He however, allayed the fear of the participants that, investment in Cyber security remains a viable business.

“On the other hand, CB Insights reports investment of 3.1 billion dollars in 300 start-ups in 201, indicating the viability of cyber security as an industry,” he said.

He said that 10 cyber security companies have market capitalisation of over billions of dollars, cumulatively surpassing over a trillion dollars.

Mr Inuwa also stated that the government was investing on protection of Critical National Information Infrastructure, (CNII), encouraging businesses and strengthening the military for cyber warfare because “some countries have overtly supported cyber warfare and sinister escapades using digital technologies.”

Reiterating the benefits of the sensitisation workshop to include addressing the gaps that have heralded individuals falling victims of trick of cyber criminals, Mr Inuwa noted that the Agency had previously enlightened Small and Medium Enterprises, elites and government agencies.

According to him, the recent activities in the cyber space has shown that everyone that uses some channels of communication and connectivity such as phones and computers are vulnerable to cybercrimes.

He urged the participants to pay more attention to be safe from vulnerabilities such as malware, phishing, social engineering and other forms of attacks that exploit the ignorance of the victims to scam them.

The NITDA’s Director, Zonal Office Directorate, Mr Christopher Okeke represented

The  Ag. Director, Cyber Security Department, NITDA, Dr Dimie Wariowie advised participants to stay safe online by putting into practice the knowledge they acquired and teach others same, to propagate NITDA’s message.

He added that sensitisation and awareness remained the most portent approach to be safe online world over.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere