Abuja -Not less than 3,599 cyber crime attempts were made on networks of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government between April 2015 and February this year.
Mr Vincent Olatunji, Acting Director-General (D-G), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja said that 2,500 of such attempts were successful but quickly restrained.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the acting D-G was speaking at the opening of a three-day training organised by the agency for network administrators in government and private agencies.
“It is important to note that internet usage in Nigeria is increasing.
“No fewer than 90 million people are regular internet users, and e-commerce and online transaction are running into billions of naira daily.
“Therefore, consistent capacity building and campaign for network administrators and other internet users will go a long way in repelling internet attacks across the nation,’’ he said.
He assured that NITDA would continue to protect the nation’s cyber space from cyber attacks.
Mr Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, an ICT consultant, in an address, told participants that eight per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Production is lost to cyber crimes yearly.
Using 2014 as case study, Ajijola said the nation’s GDP was 568.51 billion dollar (about N113.3trn) of which 450 million dollar (about N89.55bn) was lost to cyber crimes
“Our economic losses will grow exponentially unless pre-emptive measures are taken to mitigate and eliminate the capacity of cyber criminals to take advantage of our environment,’’ he said.
Mr Ruhama Zain, a cyber security expert from Malaysia urged legitimate network administrators in the country to work round the clock against activities of cyber criminals.
“Cyber criminals have no fixed time for attack, therefore network administrators should always be guarding there networks against attacks and attempts,’’ Zain said. (NAN)
NAN reports that the workshop was organised by NITDA in collaboration with its Malaysian counterpart, Malaysian Cybertechnology Agency. (NAN)
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