Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is planning a stakeholders’ meeting on the Nation’s Cybersecurity Challenges, TechEconomy.ng can report.
NCS is the umbrella body for all IT practitioners and interest groups in Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria Cybersecurity Report (2018) shows that even with 17% increase in organisational spend in cybersecurity from 2017 to 2018, the cost of cybercrimes in the country reached whopping sum of $800 million.
Date: January 9, 2020
Venue: LCCI Building, Nurudeen Olowopopo way, Ikeja, Lagos State
The meeting, TechEconomy.ng gathered, will focus on issues around financial fraud, cyber-attacks, social media hacking and cybersecurity education.
Confirming the proposed meeting, the President of NCS, Professor Adesina Sodiya, said that the meeting will afford stakeholders the opportunity to also discuss matters related to formulating nation’s cybersecurity strategies and cybersecurity regulations.
NCS considers that the current local and international reports indicate that cyberattacks in Nigeria are still on the increase.
This is despite the fact that many attack incidences in Nigeria are not reported.
“Today, individuals, governments and corporate organisations are losing huge sums of money and property as a result of cyberattacks.
“Threats landscape continue to change rapidly, and attacks are increasing in might and sophistication. It is also believed that this trend will continue in the nearest future. Consequently, concerted effort is needed to enhance cyber security in Nigeria”, he said.
Speaking further, Prof. Sodiya said that NCS has the mandate of supporting government towards the realisation of a safe and secured deployment and use of IT resources.
He said, “NCS intends to make this stakeholders’ meeting a pungent platform for analysing the situation critically and provide the reliable solutions to Nation’s Cyber Security Challenges”.
Thus, NCS plans to invite experts from various aspects of the economy to lead discussions at the meeting.
“NCS remains committed towards addressing the factors mitigating efficient use of IT for leapfrogging development,” he added.
Expected to attend the event are representatives of financial institutions, regulatory agencies, government institutions, telecommunication companies, corporate organisations, IT professionals, security experts and law enforcement agencies.