We Are Striving To Ensure A Safer Cyberspace for Nigerians – Dr Pantami

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The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has assured Nigerians that it would work meticulously to ensure a safer cyber space that would protect them from falling victims of cybercrime.

The NITDA Director General, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM who was represented by Deputy Director, Cyber Security Department, Mr. Soji Litan made this known today in Kano, Kano State capital during a one day Cyber Security Awareness and Sensitisation Workshop with objective to “make all Nigerians to be aware of the need to acquire enough knowledge to stay safe in this most inevitable cyberspace.”

Dr Pantami stated that sensitisation remains the best antidote to combating cybercrimes world over because investments in different solutions have not deterred the cybercrimals in perpetrating evil deeds but with the right Policies and enforcement of Legislation, their activities will be mitigated.

He revealed that the Agency’s collaborations with the Office of the National Security Adviser, (ONSA) and National Orientation Agency, (NOA) with their platforms being used to create awareness and sensitising the public are beginning to yield positive result.

He said, “NITDA has, in addition to support of sister agencies and private sector has been engaging in advocacy, advisory, intervention capacity building, promulgating legislation and policies for all, encouraging investment in human capital and striving to improve on Nigeria’s valuation in global cyber security indexes and most importantly, we are striving to ensure a safer cyberspace for Nigeria and all Nigerians.”

While quoting statistics from Investment News Network, Dr Pantami disclosed that, the damage that would be attributed to cyber crime by 2020 will be estimated to be in trillion of dollars adding that reputation and goodwill of businesses will continue to erode as a result of cybercrime.

He, however allayed the fear of the participants that, investment in Cyber security remains a viable business. “On the other hand, CB Insights reports investment of 3.1 billion dollars in 300 startups in 201, indicating the viability of cyber security as an industry.” He added that 10 cyber security companies have market capitalisation of over billion of dollars, cumulatively surpassing over a trillion dollars.

Dr Pantami maintained that the government is investing on protection of Critical National Information Infrastructure, (CNII), encouraging businesses and strengthening the military for cyber warfare because “some countries have overtly supported cyber warfare and sinister escapades using digital technologies.”

While reiterating the benefits of the sensitisation workshop to include addressing the gaps that have heralded individual falling victims of trick of cyber criminals, NITDA boss noted that the Agency had previously enlightened Small and Medium Enterprises, elites and government agencies but recent activities in the cyber space has shown that everyone that uses some channels of communication and connectivities such as phones and computers are vulnerable to cyber crimes.

He urged the participants to pay more than usual attention in order to be safe from vulnerabilities such as malware, phishing, social engineering and other forms of attacks that exploit the ignorance of the victims to scam them.

The representative of Kano State government at the workshop Hon. Mustapha Sanni Maihula in his good will message, commended NITDA for the advocacy which he said is timely considering the rate of cyber crimes in the country, noting that it would ensure safer cyber space.

He advised the participants to put all the tips to be safe online learnt into practice and teach other people same in order to propagate the NITDA’s message.

The two resource persons Engr Umaru Balarabe and Mr Yusuf Tijjani from Bayero University, Kano cautioned the participants not to fall for tricks and deception of scammer, avoid offers that are too good to be real and never open unsolicited emails send to them.

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