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NITDA commences Cyber-security Awareness Workshops

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has kick-started this year’s nationwide cyber-security awareness workshops in order to equip Nigerians with foundational knowledge as well as share best practices for staying safe in cyberspace.

In a statement signed by the Agency’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar, the workshops will also help improve Nigeria’s standing in the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, especially as the country is currently placed on number 14 in the Global Cyber-security Index, GCI.

The agency noted that there has 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 emails, 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.

“Knowing that everyone that uses ICT devices is vulnerable, these workshops target executives of registered associations and groups (translated into the most predominant language of the zone), 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.

“Cybersecurity has attracted the attention of governments, enterprises, groups and individuals owing to the myriads of potentials for business growth, damage and national security and sovereignty.

“To nations, the negatives could cripple a nation’s economy should critical infrastructure be affected.”

To achieve that, “NITDA has planned effective capacity building programmes that will culminate in organizational and individual certifications while using Research and Development, R&D, results to feed these enlightenment programmes and aid relevant Agencies and Corporates in permanent mitigation strategy.

“It has also utilized interagency collaborations for improved legal and institutional framework for a holistic improvement in the cyber-security resilience of and profile of the country.”

The agency recalled that the first phase of the series of Workshop was held in Katsina, Katsina State for the North West Zone on Thursday 29 March 2018 and attracted participants from Government Agencies, Military and Paramilitary organisations, the Academia, registered cooperatives and associations and the private sector from the states of the zone.

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