Nigeria vulnerable to cyber terror, Dokubo warns
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has warned that reliance on computer systems, wireless networks and ubiquitous Internet-enabled smart devices, including smartphones, televisions and various tiny devices, has made Nigeria vulnerable and susceptible to potentially debilitating attacks.
According to him, the Internet-driven world is fast-paced and leaves little room for individuals and organisations to properly guard very sensitive data or documents.
Dokubo spoke in Abuja, while delivering a paper on ‘Cyber Security and Economic Development’, at a workshop organised by the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria in Abuja, on Thursday.
He said findings from several studies and researches on cybersecurity had warned that due to malpractices by operators, Information Technology security personnel were susceptible to being tricked into deviating from secure procedures through various methods of social engineering.
He said, “Fortunately or unfortunately, our daily activities are now being almost totally controlled by the computer.
“This predominant, and possibly overawing importance of computer systems, the Internet and wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and the ubiquitous Internet-enabled smart devices, including smartphones, televisions and various tiny devices, have also made us vulnerable and susceptible to potentially debilitating attacks. More than ever before, we have all become extremely vulnerable to attacks and possible exploitation.”
Findings, he said, had also shown that in Nigeria, cyber attackers were increasingly turning to cryptocurrency, with the most common attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, an exchange like the Stock Exchange which allows buying and selling using different currencies.
Dokubo predicted a high demand for cybersecurity talents globally in the near future, with the increasing shortage of skills and rising cost of technologies.
He said, “A quick fix for organisations is to look towards outsourcing their cybersecurity functions, as a plethora of reports indicate that there will be a continuous increase in demand for cybersecurity services/functions from cybersecurity service providers.”Source: http://punchng.com/nigeria-vulnerable-to-cyber-terror-dokubo-warns/