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Cyber Security: Experts Urge FG To Build Capacity, Skills To Curb Threats



Some cyber-security experts have urged federal governments to create more awareness on the implications of cyber fraud on global and national economies, amid the backdrop of an increase in online threats.

The experts made the call in Abuja at the opening of a ICT and cyber security conference organised by the QA Higher Education.

The two-day Information Communication Technology conference had the theme: “ICT and Cyber Security: Building Capability and Skills for the Digital”.

The director of International Recruitment, QA Higher Education, Joy Musa said that the building the capability and skills as well as awareness was critical because of the need to protect the data of government, financial institutions as well as citizens’ data.

Musa lamented that government of different nations lose millions of dollars globally due to threat in the cyber space.

‘’There is an urgent need to build capacity of everyone in the digital age; there are situation where banks in UK are hacked as well as other banks. In Nigeria for instance, where people do not get their money back if they are attacked. It is very pertinent for the federal government to take cyber security very seriously.

‘’I don’t think any cyber space are secure that is why government are investing massively in training and capacity building in cyber security. I would say that that the cyber space can never be secure as hackers are constantly creating innovative ways of finding of anti-malware and committing crimes.’’

In his address the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Isa Pantami described cyber-security as a critical phenomenon putting all governments, private sector enterprises, civil society groups and Individuals on their toes.

Pantami who was represented by director e-government development, regulation, Mr Vincent Olatunji said cyber-attacks escalate on a daily basis.

‘’The sheer numbers, targets, sources and trajectory depicted by digital signals on the big screens of an NOC are overwhelming Statistics in the public domain globally report financial and other critical resource loses attributable to cybercrimes in actual and estimated billions of dollars,’’ he said.

He added that serious governments have to be in the forefront of combating this threat.