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Step up a fight against cybercrime, ITSSP tells FG

The Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals (ITSSP) on Thursday called on the Federal Government to be proactive and intensify the fight against cybercrime, for improved results.

The ITSSP President, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, efforts of the government in fighting cybercrime has been at the reactive level while cybercrime is not reducing in Nigeria.

“We have not got to where we ought to be as regards fighting cybercrime because statistics shows that there is still an increase in cyber crime in the country.

“Government should show more concern about cyber crime as there can be so much damage done through the internet.

“We are also witnessing an increase because we are still at the reactive level of fighting cybercrime,” he said.

Sodiya said that the country should be at the proactive level, where plans for the future, unknown attacks and big attacks would be made.

He urged collaboration of relevant organisations in such plans to ensure strategies for mitigating attacks.

According to the ITSSP president, sharing of information on cyber crime as being done by banks would help to mitigate the menace.

“We need to do more, we should not wait until we are affected before we start talking about it.

“Cyber criminals put up strategies, sophisticated techniques and tools to ensure that they are successful in their attempts; so experts needs to get trained on skills to aid the fight.

“We need to encourage research in this area, get skills that will help to protect our infrastructure from collapse,” he said.

NAN reports that the ITSSP was established in January 2014 with focus on information security.

-NAN
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