The much anticipated Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Nation’s Cybersecurity Challenges planned by the Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, will hold tomorrow, January 9, 2020 in Lagos.
The Society is the umbrella body for all IT practitioners and interest groups in Nigeria.
The meeting, President of NCS, Professor Adesina Sodiya, reiterated today during a press briefing, will focus on issues around financial fraud, cyber-attacks, social media hacking and cybersecurity education.
Similarly, the Director General, National Information Technology Agency, NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi will chair the meeting which will also have in attendance, top military, police, and other law enforcement agencies personnel. The Chief Executives from private sector will also be in attendance. Attendance is FREE.
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, especially when critical sectors like the banks spend whopping N200billion on IT security and incidences (attacks) apparatuses.
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.