Federal Government says it has put necessary measures in place to contain cyber crimes through its relevant ICT agencies.
In the bid to achieve the feat, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is partnering with Malaysia and Canadian authorities on establishment of cyber security centre in the country.
Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, disclosed this at Insight Cyber Security Conference in Abuja on Thursday in his remarks on the theme: ‘Cyber warfare, defence and modern day threat.’
“The ministry of communications through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and other relevant agencies like the Nigeria Communications Communication (NCC) has put measures in place in containing cybercrime in the country”.
The Minister who was represented by Victor Oluwadamilare, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said it has become imperative for cybercrime to be curbed as it is gradually becoming a global trend.
“Human factor and lack of strong institution has been one of the biggest reasons for fighting cybercrime in Nigeria, but now government have come up with modalities to strengthen agencies and institutions to combat cybercrime,” he added.
In his remarks, Austin Okere, chief executive officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, noted that to curb cybercrime, a repository centre for cyber-attacks need to be created to pave way for cybercrime analysis and prevention.
Okere suggested that updated patches for software should be developed, tight passwords with special characters should be changed regularly by organizations and individuals as longer usage may cause bridge or tendencies of systems being hacked.
He charged banks and other financial institutions to report cybercrimes and also enlighten people on what they need to know about cybercrime.
“I am happy that NITDA is collaborating with the government of Malysia and Canada to establish a Cyber security centre in Nigeria to curb cyber security as it is a topic that needs vigilance,” he said.
On his part, Prof. H.C. Inyiama of the department of Electronic and Computer Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in his address emphasized the need for the establishment of more departments of Cyber Security in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions as the country only had one.