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Nigeria still vulnerable to cyber threats, attacks, CSEAN insists


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The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has said that Nigeria is not immune to cyber threats as cyber attacks and threats are continually becoming commonplace, sophisticated and damaging.

CSEAN insisted that Governments, organisations and individuals are faced with an evolving complex threat landscape especially where State and non-state actors are capitalising on vulnerabilities to launch attacks.

This is coming ahead of its “Cyber Secure Nigeria” Conference scheduled to take place in Abuja May 16-18, 2017. The theme of this year conference is “Building Resilient Cyber Defence” which its president, Remi Afon said will involve cyber security gathering of Industry experts, government, academia, Information Security Professionals from Nigeria and the international community.

Afon said the vast scope of Cyber threats faced today makes a compelling case for legislation that will compel organisations to have minimum cyber security controls in place and also mandate them to make full disclosure once they are breached.

He quoted a recent report by Kaspersky, which had revealed that North Korean hacking operation linked to Lazarus group targeted banks in 18 countries of which Nigeria was among the targets, “clearly, this has shown that Nigeria is not immune to cyber threats,” he said.

Afon charged Nigerians to actively defend their networks and operations against growing sophistication of cyber-attacks by Building Resilient Cyber Defence.

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