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CSEAN announces date, theme of the 7th Cyber Secure Nigeria

Ransomware damages are envisaged to cost the world $20 billion by 2021 – report

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CSEAN Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021
CSEAN Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021

Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has announced the preeminent cyber security conference in Nigeria “Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021” scheduled to take place in Lagos, October 6-7, 2021 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

CSEAN is a non-profit organisation made up of Information security professionals, centred on a collective purpose and vision to be a vehicle championing the cause and awareness of Information security best practices, acting as an agent of change to address Cyber Crime phenomena through engaging intellectual minds, business and political leaders.

Speaking during a press conference on Sunday evening, President, CSEAN, Remi Afon, stated that Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021 also offers opportunity for participants to attend virtually, making it a hybrid conference.

This year conference theme is “The Future of Cyber Security in Nigeria’s Digital Transformation”.

President of CSEAN, Remi Afon

President of CSEAN, Remi Afon, speaking during the press conference on Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021

He said that Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference has become an annual event, but due to COVID19 pandemic, they had a low-key conference virtually in 2020.

Afon said, “This year is the seventh of its kind and promises to invoke a collaborative effort, an assembly of cybersecurity industry practitioners, business owners, academia, industry, government, military and law enforcement agencies with a view to identify areas of common interests and proffer inter-workings on ways to tackle cybercrime.

“This compelling 2-day high profile event will attract the best in cybersecurity Industry globally and feature rich cybersecurity contents of informative and educational value.

Why Cyber Secure Nigeria 2021 is timely

The President of CSEAN added that whilst tech innovation is empowering forces behind booming businesses and growing economies over the world, the increasing integration of digital technologies into almost all aspects of the society is also exposing individuals, businesses and the government to so many associated cyber threats.

According to a new report, cyber criminals distributing ransomware are increasingly turning to other hackers to buy access into corporate networks.

“In the last few months, there has been an astronomical increase in ransomware attack worldwide and there is no sign that this will reduce in the next foreseeable future. Ransomware damages are envisaged to cost the world $20 billion by 2021 (this year), which is unprecedented as it is 57 more times that what it was in 2015, according to Cybersecurity Ventures”.

Researchers at Proofpoint, recently said that a “robust and lucrative criminal ecosystem” exists where criminals work together to carry out ransomware attacks. In this ecosystem, ransomware operators buy access from independent cybercriminal groups who infiltrate major targets for part of the ransom proceeds.

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To this end, Afon said that digital transformation has resulted in rapid technological advances such as cloud adoption, blockchain implementation, use of cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, 5G and data sciences.

“The increase in the number of connected devices in recent years has resulted in the accumulation of data like never before. At this rate, we are creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day thus the need for big data analytics. With the pandemic ravaging global economy, adoption of remote working, reliance on IT, recent acceleration in ransomware attacks; it becomes important to understand the role of cyber security in digital transformation. 2021 cybersecure Nigeria conference will focus on how organisations can safeguard their assets while implementing digital transformation agenda”.

According to Wikipedia, “Digital transformation is the adoption of digital technology to transform services or businesses, through replacing non-digital or manual processes with digital processes or replacing older digital technology with newer digital technology,” he emphasized.

Cybercrime and cyber-attacks are on the rise in Nigeria while organisations and government are becoming helpless.

As an established and leading voice in the cybersecurity space, CSEAN seeks to open discussion to address these challenges during the conference.

“We aim to prepare participants through workshops, plenary, technical, and academic and breakout sessions on the future of cybersecurity and the role it should play in Nigeria’s digital transformation journey.

“The conference will be packed with rich cyber security and digital transformation topics to be delivered by globally renowned cybersecurity experts”, the President said.

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