Cyber-criminals have developed more sophisticated techniques, experts warns
Lagos – Some experts on
Tuesday urged Nigerians and organisations to take proactive approach
toward tackling the issue of cybercrime.
They made their views known during a workshop on ‘Enterprise Security
Challenges’ held at Victoria Island, organised by ITANDT Solutions Ltd.
The workshop was aimed at educating people on the latest security threats and how to tackle them. Mr Akpos Okoro, the Chief Executive Officer of ITANDT Solutions Ltd., said that technology revolution had changed the way things are done, and also presented risks for employees, citizens and businesses. Okoro noted that there was no such thing as perfect security, but a pragmatic approach was necessary to solve the issues of cybercrime. “Cyber-criminals have developed more sophisticated techniques to breach security, so it is therefore necessary for organisations to also upgrade their techniques. “Organisations should not build prisons around themselves because of cyber criminals but work with security solutions that will protect and give them freedom,’’ he said. Earlier, Mr Ronald Martey, Client Technical Professional at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), said about eight trillion
dollars had been lost
to cybercrime, noting that it was necessary to devise solutions to solve
Martey said that mobile virus (malware) was growing at very given time,
affecting 11.6 trillion mobile devices.
“Mobile devices and the Apps we rely on are under attack, 97 per cent
and 87 per cent of top paid Androids and iOS apps have been hacked,
hence the need for security solutions,” he said.
Martey urged organisations to adopt standard security frameworks and
controls to protect themselves.
Mr Khalid Shaban, Security Saas(Software as a service) Sales, IBM, said
that cyber attacks could happen anywhere, but were more consistent
within organisations through phishing attacks or user errors.
“Phishing attack is a method of trying to gather personal information
using deceptive e-mails and websites.
“The goal is to trick
the email recipient into believing that the message is something they
want or need, a request from their bank, for instance, or a note from
someone in their company, and to click a link or download an
attachment.” Shaban said that employees were 18 times more likely to encounter
phishing links and it was therefore necessary to be watchful of opening
He noted that organisations could never get security solutions that
would protect them 100 per cent, therefore they should use the solutions
they have to guard their most important data.( NAN )