Cybersecurity threat grows, NCC issues six alerts

Cybersecurity threat grows, NCC issues six alerts

The Nigerian Communications Commission has issued at least six cyber-attack warnings since the beginning of 2022.

This is due to the rising incidence of cyber-attacks globally and locally. In a report, the Senior Manager, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte, Ms Funmilola Odumuboni, disclosed that cyber-attack occurs every 39 seconds, and cybercrimes increased by nearly 300 per cent since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Different studies have proved that the pandemic led to increased digitisation and adoption of technology, leading to a surge in Internet usage albeit creating a feasting ground for cyberattacks.

According to the NCC, data consumption increased from 123,648TB in December 2019 to 205,880.4TB by December 2020. A study by Sophos revealed that 71 per cent of Nigerian organisations were hit by ransomware in 2021 while 44 per cent of those affected firms had to pay ransoms to get their data back.

A recent report by Check Point Research’s Threat Intelligence Report, disclosed that Nigerian businesses experience about 2,308 attacks across all industries sectors weekly.

It stated that over a six-month period, 62 per cent of Nigerian businesses fell victim to attacks that allowed cybercriminals to gain remote control of devices and the private data stored on them. It said emails were most prominent origin point for 60 per cent of cyberattacks over.

To address the rising cases of cybercrime, the NCC created an incidence response facility to address incidences of cybercrimes towards the end of 2021.


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