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Group wants govt to adopt October as national cybersecurity awareness month


A media stakeholder group has called on the Federal Government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to adopt October as the Nigerian National Cybersecurity Awareness month as being done globally. The group justified its position on the increasing threats of cyber-attacks to national security, economic crimes, political instability and social insecurity as a result of the vulnerability of national, corporate and private databases via identity theft.

In a statement released on Monday in Lagos, the group under the aegis of the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said it is set to work and collaborate with the ONSA to President Muhammadu Buhari in order to raise the bar on the multi-stakeholders awareness across government, corporate institutions and private citizens through the principles of the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The month-long series of activities would be delineated to accommodate sectorial weekly emphasises on every facets of the lives of the nation and its people. And this among others will include weekly awareness focus on government and its agencies, banks and financial institutions, education, health, tourism, transport, military/security communities.

The central theme would be on how to enhance safer connections to the Internet without compromising corporate and individual safety. Families will also enjoy primary attention in the course of the awareness programme in order to ensure the safety of all and sundry, particularly children from dangers inherent in the uncontrolled access.

According to the media stakeholders, criminals, terrorists, and countries with the intent to harm have found the information superhighway a veritable platform to execute their attacks.

To this radicalized minds, attack online is often easier to execute because across the world, corporate and national and individualized information are being digitalized in conformity with transformation of the global community into information society.

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