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Deji: Government Should Invest in Cyber Security Enlightenment
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:16:22 +0000 (UTC)


This Day Live
21 Nov 2013

Mr. Olusegun Emmanuel Deji is the Chairman of Centrex Ethical Lab, a comprehensive solutions ICT company. He spoke with Ojo M. Maduekwe about the gains and challenges in the ICT sector.

At the recent World Cyber Security Conference held in Abuja, cybercrime was described as a “latent threat to national security and economic development.” This description notwithstanding, the menace is not taken serious by the ordinary man; what do you think is the reason?

Nigerian has seen cyber security only as a simple issue of a malware or a virus till now. Cyber security is about protecting the nation’s digital assets from cyber invaders; we only wait until we are attacked, which is obviously in a devastating way because people lose their lifelong, asset and they never recover from such attacks. Today, national security cannot be divorced from cyber security, cyber-attacks and cyber warfare. In fact the very definition of security is undergoing a change and that includes the security of digital assets, networks. All forms of cyber-attacks are here to stay as an analogue society is rapidly transforming into a digital one. Everything from money, utilities, financial and social transactions, governance, home security, transportation, entertainment and, why, even one’s own identity is now digital. With each step towards digitisation a previously analogue and physical asset turns into a digital one.

Nigeria is also rapidly turning into a digital society. The focus of Nigerian’s cyber security has essentially been on personal digital devices. There is a certain justification for it as Nigerian has seen an alarming spurt in the growth cybercrimes, especially on the fastest-growing social media platforms are the favourite haunts of cybercriminals to plant evil. The reason ordinary Nigerians don’ take cybercrime serious is because in Nigeria today, people get so confused about the attacker and start building defences without really understanding who we are actually fighting. On the other hand, governments are not putting up programmes to encourage Nigerians on the need to be cyber safe, when the conferences end, cyber-attack still continues.


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