Cybersecurity: NITDA’s awareness workshop for Northcentral holds in Kogi

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DG NITDA Dr Ali Isa Pantami
DG NITDA Dr Ali Isa Pantami

By Maryam Hassan

In its continuous efforts at equipping citizens with foundational knowledge on cybersecurity, the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Tuesday, organised a cybersecurity awareness workshop at Lokoja, Kogi State.

In a statement signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Hadiza Umar, stated that the workshop targeted executives of registered associations and groups with the ultimate aim to reach their members.

“We have also deployed effective conventional channels and social media in conveying the stay-safe message.  The workshops use presentations and interactive demonstration of trending concepts like SMS, SIM swap, malware, phishing, social engineering and its manifestations, to disseminate the stay-safe tips.

“To further ensure that attendees assimilate the message succinctly, the contents are translated into the most predominant language of the zone.”

On the importance of the workshop, Mrs Umar noted that there had been a tremendous increase in the number of incidences where Nigerians have lost money and data through vulnerabilities arising from lack of knowledge on how to manage their online presence and personal details.

“The cybercriminals use social engineering, phishing mails, and probably specific to Nigeria, the use of text messages pretending to be sent from banks, requesting for PIN or revalidation of BVN numbers.

“To the unaware, such are the sources where vital information needed for making unauthorized withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts occur.

“A more worrisome and recent trend is the SIM Swap cases, where the victim’s SIM card is swapped; an operation that makes the victim’s phone inaccessible while funds are transferred,” she lamented.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the events attracted participants from Government Agencies, Military and Paramilitary organisations, the Academia, registered cooperatives and associations and the private sector from the states of the zones.

Recall that the first in the series of Workshops was held in Katsina, Katsina State for the North West Zone on Thursday 29th March, 2018, followed by that of Bayelsa State on the 19th April, 2018.  The event for the North East held at Gombe in Gombe State on the 16th July, 2018.