By Obinna Ezenwa
As cybercrimes become a national problem in the country, the Nigerian Senate Committee on ICT and Cybersecurity has strained the need to educate more on the impact of the menace of cybercrime on individuals, businesses and the country as a whole.
The committee has considered more sensitization as being crucial in clipping the growing influence of cybercrimes in Nigeria.
To get this done, the services of Datasixth, a cybersecurity organization, on capacity training and sensitization is thought to be employed.
The Senate Committee disclosed this when it visited Datasixth in Lagos. The team comprised the Technical Assistant, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Patrick Essien; Committee Technical Manager, Senator Orker Jeff; Committee Chairman on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Yakubu Oseni; member of the committee, Senator Ibrahim Hadejia and Senate Clerk on ICT and Cybercrime, Ayoh Ogon.
Senator Hadejia, who spoke on behalf of the team, said it was the Committee’s second visit to Datasixth. He added that one of the biggest challenges in the IT world today is security, vulnerability, among others.
He said companies like Datasixth are coming up to solve these problems, especially in the financial sector, banks, fintech, oil and gas and companies that are vulnerable to attacks by hackers.
He added that the IT sector globally has become very dynamic. “After all, things keep changing with various innovations coming up almost daily. It has also been discovered that cyber crooks too are not relenting, launching various attacks, from ransomware today, to malware tomorrow, and Trojan on another day. So, in tackling this menace, it is best to leave it to the professionals, who are dedicated to being a step above those hackers and cybercriminals,” he said.
The Senator said there cannot be a digital economy without having a digitised government service. “Now, if you are going to digitise government services, the first thing that people would be scared of is vulnerability. Just like you have in the private sector, the same criminals would operate in that space in the public sector. So, we are talking to companies like Datasixth to come in and see how they can help government plan initial infrastructure to make it foolproof and secure as possible.”