Stronger than Boko Haram! New terrorists appear in Nigeria, attack the government!
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October 12, 2016 ( Post 1 )
– Nigeria suffers a new generation of threats
– The new generation of terrorists will cause
exponentially more damage than Boko Haram
– The country should start to prepare to fight
Tope Aladenusi, the expert of Deloitte Nigeria, has prepared a research called “Cyberharam: Can Nigeria Prepare For The Next Generation Of Terrorists?”
The author notes that new generation of
Recall that a director of the Federal Bureau of
In 2012, it was reported that there was a 60%
It should be recalled that in Nigeria, it was
And these forms of attacks range from simple probes, website defacement, denial of service and espionage, to wide-scale terrorism. Tope Aladenusi explains that we are seeing significant interest by terrorist organizations in leveraging cyber capabilities to further their cause. The Boko Haram sect gets media attention by leveraging social media.
“In 2013, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked the Twitter account of a news agency and falsely claimed the White House had been bombed and President Barack Obama was injured. This led to a US$136.5 billion dip on the S&P 500 index that same day. If terrorists are choosing to dedicate so much resources into advancing their knowledge of cyber security, why then should our law-enforcement agents be caught unawares and keep playing catch up?”
Aladenusi notes that the same way many never saw Boko Haram coming 15 years ago, we may also be blindsided to the concept of cyber- terrorism on the Nigerian infrastructure.
Cyber terrorism knows no borders
The new generation of terrorists have the
Aladenusi continues: “As of today, it is unbelievable that only one tertiary institution in Nigeria currently administers cyber security as a course of study. A large proportion of Nigerian PhD holders in Computer Science related courses are not Cyber Security experts. The US Government is pitching $14Billion in cyber security spending for fiscal year 2016 across all its agencies. This budget keeps increasing year after year.”
The expert adds: “In this war, the possibility for success is still a moving target as both heroes and villains are learning and seeking out new ways to defend and attack respectively. Today’s defence or better said; this second’s defence is the next second’s weakness. How can we play in such a field where the weapons and the yardstick of success change on a per second basis? How do we fight a war that will not be limited to a section of the country but has the potential to undermine even the high and mighty in every nook and cranny?”
How to fight against “Cyberharam”
1. To identify Nigeria’s critical infrastructure and assess the risks to these systems so as to
– financial and telecommunication systems;
2. To invest massively in cyber-capacity
– the establishment of a joint task force for
– building of a National Cyber Command Center that will be the go-to center for cyber security in Nigeria and will facilitate Cyber intelligence integration for all governmental parastatals and other institutions in Nigeria
– collaboration among stakeholders and cyber- intelligence sharing is key to having a united front against cyber terrorism.
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