The National President of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya has disclosed that Nigeria ranks 50 out of over 180 countries globally in the cybersecurity space.
The NCS boss disclosed this at the Information Technology Systems Security Professionals 2021 conference themed “Stakeholders Engagement and Coordination issue.”
Sodiya said Nigeria was not doing badly in the cyber security space but could do better because the nation was endowed with experts in information security.
He said Nigeria might not be developing technology as a nation, but possesses the know-how to use technology to meet its needs.
According to Sodiya, ITSSP will continue to come up with such programmes to develop strategies for ensuring that the nation got its cyberspace safer than it used to be.
He said: “The ITSSP was creating awareness and sensitising the cyber security stakeholders on the importance of cyber security.
“We need to continue to develop our human capital so that people will have the required skill and requisite knowledge needed to manage our cyberspace.
“We are not doing badly as a nation and this type of programme helps to refresh one’s memory and note the things to do.
“The issue of cyber security is not the business of ITSSP alone; it is the business of everybody because the attackers are doing research just as we from academics are doing our research.”
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According to Sodiya, the hackers are doing their research so that they will continue to have their way so there is the need to have conversation around how to enhance cybersecurity in Nigeria.
The NCS president said that ITSSP would continue the conversation and become the number one recognised information hub for security experts in the country.
Speaking at the conference, ITSSP President, Sunday Arogundade, said the objective of the conference was advocacy, professional development, awareness and monitoring.
Arogundade said the focus of the group mainly was information technology security, popularly understood as cyber security, meant for advocacy, learning and development, awareness and monitoring effectiveness of efforts towards securing electronic platforms in the cyberspace.
The ITSSP president said the conference would address members professional development programme, which was a compulsory assignment of organisations for continuous improvement on members’ skills and competency acquisition.
He said the roundtable conference was to examine internet protocol version 6 desirability, digital financial inclusion to aid cashless penetration to rural communities and security concerns.
According to him, also of serious concern is product development to insure and ensure the security and confidence of the public that can be provided by insurance companies towards cash losses by individual and corporate organisations that are being encouraged to use these services.
Also, ITSSP Executive Secretary, Adeoye Aderogba, said that the danger of cyber security was glaring because of the financial activities being carried out on the electronic platform.
Aderogba said both the big and the low were at risk of cybercriminals and cyber misbehaviour.
He said not all cybercrimes were cyber misbehaviour as the cybercriminals are those that want to steal your money or bomb the cyber centres.
Aderogba said cyber misbehaviour might not be intended but as a result of disruptive technology shutting down the cyberspace and affecting everyone such as the issue with MTN some time back.