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Lagos to host Cyber Secure Confab 2018

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The commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos has been confirmed to host the 2018 edition of Cyber Secure Nigeria, next month, May, reports ITRealms.

President of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Mr. Remi Afon disclosed this to ITRealms, saying the preeminent cyber security conference in the country and has been scheduled to take place in Lagos, May 9-10, 2018 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.

This year conference theme, he said, is "Mitigating Cyber Threats in the Digital Age" while assuring that the  Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference which has become an annual event on its fourth year.

The conference, Afon also said, provides unparalleled gathering of cyber security industry giants, government, academia, Information Security Professionals from Nigeria and International Community.

He pointed out that cyber threats and attacks are constantly growing and becoming more sophisticated, dangerous and damaging.

“It is a top priority for businesses to protect their networks, computers, and information from unauthorized access and breaches. As enterprises and governments now provide most services online to their clients, the size of cyber-attack has grown exponentially. Many of these cyber criminals’ current exploits are going unnotice,” he said.

Cyber Secure Nigeria 2018 Conference , Afon emphasized will focus on how businesses could protect themselves from falling victims and also learn how to mitigate these threats in a digital age through workshops, technical sessions, plenary sessions and breakout session.

“The cybercriminal community has evolved locally and internationally from script kiddies and organized gangs to nation-states and hacktivist groups whose exploit has caused loss of productivity, financial loss and reputational damage to organisations and government,” he declared.

Recently, he recalled that Secureworks Counter Threat Unit researchers released a report on a group of Nigerian cybercriminals code named "Gold Galleon" targeting maritime industry via business email compromise (BEC) and business email spoofing (BES) fraud to dupe their unsuspecting victims into parting with millions of dollars.

“It is estimated that between June 2017 and January 2018, the cybercriminals attempted to steal upwards of $3.9 million, and on average, fraud attempts theft level may reach $6.7 million per year,” Afon said.
Further he noted that according to Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime damages was $3 trillion in 2015, and is estimated to reach about $6 trillion by the end of 2021, a 100 percent increase in just five years.

“Unfortunately, over 85 per cent of organisations and government agencies in Nigeria lack cybersecurity plan and strategy while majority are unsure whether or not they’ve been a victim of cybercrime,” CSEAN president decried.

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. Cyber Security Experts of Nigeria (CSEAN) was established as an advocacy group to galvanise the movement and development of Information Security in Nigeria.
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