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ICT experts advocate for better cyber security policies

By Esther Kalu

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has called on stakeholders to strengthen their commitment and advocacy towards promoting cyber security across the country.

It stated that the current local and international reports indicated that cyber-attacks in the country were still on the increase, adding that many attack incidences in Nigeria were not reported.

The President of NCS, Adesina Sodiya, while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday ahead of a cyber-security forum scheduled for June 8 to  June 10, in Abuja, said that individuals, governments and corporate organisations were losing huge sums of money and property as a result of cyber-attacks.

He emphasized that the threat to landscape continues to change rapidly, and attacks are increasing in might and sophistication and that it is also believed that this trend will continue in the nearest future.

Sodita said that the trends of cyber-attacks had also taken another dimension since the current pandemic of COVID-19 and that this has forced many individuals, governments and corporate organisations to move most of their operations and activities online.

“We have also seen recent reported attacks on the public who face cyber security issues in Nigeria. Consequently, concerted effort is needed to enhance Cyber Security in Nigeria.

“NCS is the umbrella body for all IT practitioners and interest groups with a core mandate of supporting government towards the realisation of a safe and secured deployment and use of IT resources.

“NCS intends to make this stakeholders’ meeting a pungent platform for analysing the situation critically and provide reliable solutions to the Nation’s Cyber Security challenges, ” he said.

The NCS boss said that experts from various aspects of the economy would be invited to lead discussions at the meeting.

Sodiya further said that the association remained committed to IT development and had scheduled many programmes geared towards addressing the factors mitigating against efficient use of IT for leapfrogging development.

As gathered, the NCS is also the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology Science and Practice in Nigeria.

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