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Expert warns EFCC about increasing cyber-crime in Nigeria

JOSEPH UNDU

Indian trained Nigerian Cyber Security Expert and Director of research, Clicking Button Africa, an IT firm based in Abuja, Mr .KaterHaaga has warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the increasing rate of Cyber -Crime in Nigeria expecially among the youths who have lost interest in violent crime such as armed robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking and so on.
In a statement made available to Daily Champion, Haaga noted that technological advancements have created new possibilities for criminal activity globally in particular the criminal misuse of information technology.
Stressing that the increasing rate of Cyber crime in Nigeria is alarming while attributing it to different factors including; greed, unemployment , misapplication of knowledge  and gaining uncontrolled access to the internet.
At present Haaga said, “The EFCC and of course the Nigerian government does not really need much to combat this menace if they addressed it in time.” Stating also that “most of the cyber crimes committed in Nigeria are as a result of organizations inability to take into consideration simple measures such as policy development, monitoring logs, deviation in quality of service, and so on.”
On how the government can effectively secure the  Cyber environment or space, the IT guru with more than a decade experience in IT entrepreneurship said, “It is important to establish a functional and well-designed Cyber Security Program. Gadgets and tools alone are not enoug.
“They can only succeed within the context of a well-planned and fully defined Cyber Security Program. Uncoordinated security initiatives are seldom as effective as those that operate under a complete and effective policy environment.
“The creation of a cyber security program begins with the making of or review of the cyber security policies, standards, and practices, followed by the selection or creation of cyber security architecture and a detailed cyber security blueprint. Without policy, blueprints, and planning, no society or organization will be able to meet the cyber security needs of the various communities of interest.”
He advised  the Nigerian Government to make policies which are the basis for all cyber security planning, design, and deployment. Explaining further he said policies direct how issues are addressed and how technologies are used.  Cyber Security is primarily a management problem, not a technical one, quality security programs begin and end with policy.
“Once the government has defined the policies that will guide its security program, selected an overall security model by creating or adapting a security framework, and established a corresponding detailed blueprint for implementation, it is time to implement a Security Education Training and Awareness Program (SETA).
According to Haaga,  who is also a cyber security consultant to many organizations and a country representative of Cyber Security Studies and Research Laboratory, Meerut, India, SETA program consists of three element namely, security education, security training, and security awareness.
“The purpose of which he said is to enhance security by Improving awareness of the need to protect system resources, Developing skills and knowledge so that computer users can perform their jobs more securely and Building in-depth knowledge, as needed, to design, implement, or operate security programs for organizations and systems.
The fight against cyber crime is a collective effort from the Nigerian government and the general public. Humans generally are the weakest link when it comes to creating a cyber crime free environment; in most cases we compromise the confidentiality, availability, accuracy, authenticity and integrity of the information at our disposal. The SETA program will enable an average computer user to maintain the critical characteristics of information.
The good news is, most of the cyber criminals in Nigeria use social engineering like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on as a tool to gathering information and if the public is properly informed on how to avoid been attacked through this means, we will be on our way to a Cyber safe environment.
This warning is coming on the heels of a similar concerned expressed by Mr David Iloyanome over the increasing rate of cyber-crime in Nigeria advising people to be wary of the menace.
Iloyanome who is the Head of Operation of EFCC in the South East Zone, raised the alarm on Wednesday during a media chat with journalists on the activities of the commission last year advised people to be wary of unsolicited mails, adding that opening unsolicited mails could reveal vital information to criminals.
He disclosed that cyber-crime was fast overtaking conventional crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery, among others, assuring that the commission was fully committed to fighting the ugly development.
While commending the commission for doing well in the past three years, he noted that the EFCC recorded 10 convictions in the zone last year, stressing that some cases were still pending in the court.
He, however, assured that people could avoid cyber-crime if they are well educated by the media and advised the media to enlighten people

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