Kaduna – The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on Monday commenced a five-day training workshop on cyber security for 100 ICT personnel drawn from polytechnics across the country .
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was designed to equip the participants with operational techniques to detect and block cyber criminals.
The NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr Mas’ud Kazaure, who declared open the training workshop in Kaduna, noted that cyber security issues, attacks and warfare were becoming serious threats to information systems of various institutions in the country.
He said that the goal of the training was to enable the participants acquire advanced techniques to secure their systems and networks from hackers.
“Participants will be introduced to various systems, networks or web applications, specific vulnerabilities and techniques and how to exploit them.
“Every system, network or web application has its security vulnerabilities – ways in which its security can be compromised.
“This training will expose the tricks of crackers vis-à-vis its counter measures and will also expose participants to series of ways in which any incident could be traced.”[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Kazaure said that the NBTE remained committed to creating a vibrant community of exceptional workforce, entrepreneurs and students equipped with the basic skills needed to carry out their tasks.
“Toward this goal, the board is collaborating with professional bodies and other training institutions in delivering specialized training and capacity building programmes to all the staff of institutions under its purview,” he added.
One of the participants, Mr Mohammed Wajiro, the ICT Coordinator of Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, appreciated the training, saying it would protect vital information in their respective institutions.
“Some of these information are meant for the public while others are not. Therefore, if the site is vulnerable to hackers, some sensitive information could get to wrong hands.
“We also carryout online payment, and the danger is that some smart student could bypass the payment and go ahead to register unnoticed or hackers could hack into the system and school money will get to the wrong hand.”
Also, Mr Innocent Onwuegbuzie, the Web Master, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti said the training would equip them with relevant knowledge to be a step ahead of hackers.
NAN reports that the workshop was organised in collaboration with African Institute of Information Security (AIIS).
The participants included network engineers, system administrators, data centre managers, network administrators and system analysts from different polytechnics across the country. (NAN)