CSEAN alerts on vulnerability to cyber espionage, security breaches

cyberSecurityTHE Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has called for more effective information security practices in Nigeria, which it said was needed to curb the increasing threat from cyber criminals.

Speaking in Abuja, at the weekend, the President, CSEAN, Remi Afon, observed that when adopting new technologies like cloud computing, virtualisation, or IT outsourcing, enterprises face imminent security threats and must adjust their security processes, policies, and architectures accordingly.

Afon said amongst the many options available to help achieve this goal, against the growing trends of cyber security threats in Nigeria, government and organisations may be charged to consider the value of ethical hacking employment, which is rapidly gaining attention as an essential security practice globally.

“The increased sophistication and success rate for recent cyber attacks is directly related to the shift in attacker profile, indicating that nation-states and large criminal organisations are funding well organised, highly motivated, and well trained teams of programmers.

It is quite unfortunate that adequate attention is not being paid to cyber security by successive governments in Nigeria. The question is do we really have capacity to detect if Nigeria is being compromised?” According to Afon, the world is facing a cyber-evolution of sort with a lot of cyber espionage going on worldwide, adding “the elevated threat landscape being highlighted on is one in need of critical attention and urgently dictates the need for a comprehensive, real-world assessment of Nigeria’s cyber security posture.

This assessment is, however, viewed as a first vital step to enact effective security strategies, policies, procedures, and infrastructure that will prevent or mitigate the effects of breach and compromise.

Afon believed that the major challenge for the government and businesses is the complexity of security requirements due to changing hacking tactics, myriad of security vulnerabilities, evolving business practices, new business technologies, and emerging security technologies.

“These numerous organisation-specific security challenges are best solved by professionals with extensive expertise who can be sourced for in the Nigerian cyber society as the nation is also advancing in cyber security education and the availability of professionals,” he added.

Besides the importance of the role these professionals can play in the defence, support and development of the Nigerian cyber security sphere, the opportunities available to the youths through job creation and economic empowerment will go a long way in solving some various challenges in the provision of jobs and cyber security awareness.

“CSEAN is, however, against the illegal practice of hacking and all Cyber Security Experts are expected to be at the forefront of ethical hacking and should not be engaged in the illegal practice of hacking.”



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