FG Raises Alarm Over Potential Cyber Attacks

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has raised alarm over potential cyber-attacks likely to be experienced this year as well as the precautionary measures to be taken.

This was put forth in a press release by the  agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT). The statement, signed by Dr Isa Pantami, the Director General NITDA, stated that the body, in conjunction with other industry stakeholders, in their efforts at ensuring a safe and secure cyberspace, have intercepted some signals of potential cyber-attacks targeting banking, health and other systems, power and transportation systems, as well as other critical national infrastructure.

The statement emphasized the need for all to be vigilant and proactive as far as security is concerned.  The following precautionary measures are to be implemented: efforts should be intensified at ensuring that  data is encrypted, particularly any sensitive or personal data;agencies are to  ensure that networks are fully secure through the use of wired network thereby protecting them from possible hackers’ attempt at using Wi-Fi security lapses to remotely break into computer systems.

The statement also states that ”where Wi-Fi network is used, ensure that an up to date encryption standard is in use and turn off the service set identifier (SSID) broadcasting function on the wireless router if it is not needed.”

They are to ensure that ”free Wi-Fi connections as well as other wireless connections such as Bluetooth or infrared ports are not used unless where necessary; · ensure that operating systems and other software applications are regularly updated with the latest patches; · ensure that anti-malware protection is installed on all IT systems as this will help in protecting your organisation’s network from potential attacks through virus-laden software and email attachments. Also, all security software should be adjusted to scan compressed or archived files; · ensure that appropriate guidelines are in place for connecting personal devices into the organisation’s network.”

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