The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has unveiled the theme for the 2017 annual Cyber Secure Nigeria conference, slated for Abuja in May, this year, reports ITRealms.
President of CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon, made this disclosure to ITRealms at the weekend, saying that the theme of this year conference is "Building Resilient Cyber Defence".
He also said that Cyber Secure Nigeria conference has become an annual event which this year is the third of its kind and provides unparalleled cyber security gathering of Industry giants, government, academia, information security professionals from Nigeria and international community.
The three-day conference, he said, would take place between May 16 and 18 at the CBN International Training Centre, Maitama Abuja.
Afon noted that cyber threats and attacks are becoming commonplace, sophisticated and damaging. Governments, organisations and individuals are faced with an evolving complex threat landscape. State and non-state actors are capitalising on vulnerabilities to launch attacks.
He pointed out that through workshops, plenary and breakout sessions, Cyber Secure Nigeria 2017 will prepare participants to defend their networks and operations against growing sophistication of cyber-attacks by building resilient cyber defence.
CSEAN President underscored the fact that the global cost of cybercrime will reach $6 trillion by 2021, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $3 trillion according to Cybersecurity Ventures. “Unfortunately, over 80 per cent of organisations and government agencies in Nigeria believe that since they have not suffered a major cyber-attack, there is no need for security to be implemented in their business plan,” he said.
Afon also quoted a recent report by Kaspersky as showing that North Korean hacking operation linked to Lazarus group targeted banks in 18 countries of which Nigeria was among the targets.
“Clearly, this has shown that Nigeria is not immune to cyber threats,” he said, stressing that the vast scope of cyber threats we face today makes a compelling case for legislation that will compel organisations to have minimum cyber security controls in place and also mandate them to make full disclosure once they are breached. This will assist the nation in understanding attack vectors we face and aid security experts in implementation of adequate security controls,” Afon said.
ITRealms recalls that CSEAN is a non-profit organisation composed of information security professionals in Nigeria and diaspora, recognising the need for unified effort and framework across board to tackle cyber crime. Hence, CSEAN was established as an advocacy group to galvanise the movement and development of Information Security in Nigeria.
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