In its aim to sensitize Nigerians in the need to protect their identity as well as the best practices on using a safer internet, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has commenced nationwide cybersecurity awareness workshops. The campaign is build to help create awareness to the public on the dangers of careless use of the cyberspace.
Speaking on the issue of Cybersecurity, Director General/CEO of NITDA, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said;
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 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.
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 of reaching their members
The NITDA boss revealed that the organisation will be using social media and other online means to pass the stay-safe message to the citizens on the issue of Cybersecurity. He explained that the first phase of the series of Workshop held on Thursday 29th March, 2018 in Katsina, Katsina State for the North West Zone, 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.
The second phase of the campaign held at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for the South South Zone, was concluded on Thursday 19thApril, 2018 . The date and venue will be made public for the rest of the zones.