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Check point blames awareness for cyberattacks in Nigeria

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Engr. Lanre Ajayi, former president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) presenting Cybersecurity Company of the Year Award to Oluseyi Akindeinde, chief technical officer, Digital Encode while Adewale Obadare, chief operating officer, Digital Encode looks on, at the just concluded Beacon of ICT Awards held in Lagos recently

Engr. Lanre Ajayi, former president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) presenting Cybersecurity Company of the Year Award to Oluseyi Akindeinde, chief technical officer, Digital Encode while Adewale Obadare, chief operating officer, Digital Encode looks on, at the just concluded Beacon of ICT Awards held in Lagos recently

Rommy Okonkwo, country manager, Check Point Nigeria, has attributed high cyberattacks in the country to lack of awareness on the need to protect networks against cybercriminals.

Okonkwo stated this against the recent quarterly analysis of the global threat index where Nigeria ranks as the 16th highest ranked country, moving up two places from 18th position in the preceding quarter.

“There is need for organisations to be proactive in protecting their networks. One major problem we have today in Nigeria is awareness. If organizations are aware of the security threats and trends, they will be able to mitigate those threats,” he said.

Check Point is the largest global pure-play network cybersecurity vendor, and their Threat Index provides a data-based breakdown of new and prevalent threats, as well as the relative rankings of countries’ risk profiles globally – the higher the ranking the greater the threat of cyber-attack.

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According to Check Point threat index, developing and African nations are highly represented in the upper rankings of the index, and Nigeria was surpassed by a handful of other African countries, including Namibia and Malawi in second and fourth spots respectively. In stark contrast, Kenya improved their ranking by 24 places, moving from 45th position at the end of 2015, to 69th at the end of the quarter.

The Index is based on threat intelligence drawn from Check Point’s ThreatCloud World Cyber Threat Map, which tracks how and where cyberattacks are taking place worldwide in real time.

Rick Rogers, area manager for East and West Africa at Check Point Software Technologies, says Nigeria’s worsening ranking may be due to a dramatic increase in threats targeting mobile devices specifically, while Kenya’s improvement could reflect a growing maturity in security


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